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Motor Bike Rider Loses Leg in Hit-and-Run Accident

Fleeing the scene of an accident, also called a hit-and-run, is never the right course of action. A prime example is an accident that occurred in Charleston, West Virginia (WV). James Dixon was enjoying a ride on his motorcycle when he was hit by a van at the intersection of Kanawha Boulevard and Tennessee Avenue.

Instead of stopping to see if Mr. Dixon was okay, the driver of the van drove off. Mr. Dixon was left on the road fending for his life. Fortunately, a good Samaritan came to the aid of Mr. Dixon and wrapped his severely damaged leg with a tourniquet.

Mr. Dixon was transported to the hospital and survived the ordeal, but his right leg was amputated from the knee down. His life will be changed forever because of this car-motorcycle wreck. He is looking at months, if not years, of rehabilitation and learning to walk again with a prosthetic limb. He may never be able to enjoy the experience of riding his motorcycle again.

The police was able to track down the at-fault driver. They were arrested and charged with failing to report an accident, making an illegal u-turn and driving on a suspended license without insurance, according to wsaz.com.

This driver made a bad situation worse by driving off and they are facing a very stringent punishment for their reckless behavior.

As Mr. Dixon told wsaz.com after the accident, "Never, never just run off...that just shows you have no soul whatsoever."

Richard N. Shapiro
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia
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