Virginia Beach police have a driver in custody following a hit-and-run crash that left a pedestrian seriously injured and two other vehicles badly damaged. The incident began shortly before 8 pm on August 5, 2016, at the intersection of Holland Road and Governors Way.
According to WAVY-TV 10, the at-fault driver first struck the pedestrian on Holland Road. The impact caused the victim to fly into the air and slam into the car's windshield. The driver did not stop, however, continuing on for several blocks before being halted by a third crash at South Plaza Trail. The driver then attempted to flee on foot, but police chased her down quickly.
Details on why the driver acted so recklessly were not available on the following morning. All police would disclose is that they intended to charge the hit-and-run driver with several traffic and criminal offenses. Virginia law makes it a crime to leave the scene of an accident. Also, the injured pedestrian appears to have been using a crosswalk, which would mean the at-fault driver violated right of way rules.
Importantly, all the evidence police collect to make and prosecute charges can be used to support personal injury insurance claims. The injured pedestrian will need that information, and an experienced Virginia Beach personal injury lawyer will know how to make sure she gets it. The same is true for the owners of the vehicles who may want to file property damage claims.