An apparent hit-and-run accident in Newport News, Virginia (VA), on the night of October 14, 2014, left a man dead. According to police, the deceased victim was walking near the intersection of Briarfield Road and Old Avenue when he was struck and critically injured by a driver who then fled the scene. The pedestrian survived the initial collision but died in a parking lot before emergency responders could transport him to a hospital for treatment.
Authorities could not get a detailed description of the vehicle the at-fault driver was operating. Anyone with information is being encouraged to contact the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (562-5887).
My Virginia wrongful death attorney colleagues and I have detected a seeming increase in deadly pedestrian accidents. Worse, the number of incidents in which the person responsible for causing a fatal wreck appears to also be growing. Perhaps this is merely evidence of our local newspapers and television stations propensity to highlight tragedies. Even more to the point, however, is the observation that even one accident in which a pedestrian loses his or her life and the driver fails to stop to offer assistance or accept responsibility is one too many.
Fleeing drivers, and drivers who do not carry insurance, victimize the people they hit twice. In addition to the injuries and deaths these negligent, reckless and irresponsible drivers inflict, they leave the injured parties and the families of the deceased unable to secure adequate compensation for accident-related costs imposed by someone else.
We send our condolences out to the friends and loved ones of the man killed in Newport News. We also hope police can quickly track down the driver who caused the crash.