A 14-year-old boy suffered nearly fatal traumatic brain injuries when he was struck by a van in Newport News, Virginia (VA), on the night of August 29, 2014. The teen had been riding his bicycle alongside a friend near the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Bellwood Road. According to police, the driver stopped, got out and pried the bike loose from under his vehicle before getting back behind the wheel and leaving the scene.
Police continued searching for the van and the at-fault driver following the conclusion of the Labor Day weekend. The injured teenager remained in the hospital in critical condition. It is unknown how fully he will recover. Anyone with information about the hit-and-run collision is being urged to contact the Crime Line at (888) LOCK-U-UP.
My Virginia Beach-based personal injury law firm colleagues and I know that TBIs can leave victims permanently disabled and in need of lifelong medical and personal care. Tracking down a hit-and-run driver is often difficult, but it is also possible. In this case, doing so may be essential. Even if the boy's parents can claim coverage under an uninsured or underinsured motorist rider on their own automobile insurance policy or access other health coverage, finding the person who caused the crash in Newport News could be the only way for the boy's family to secure the compensation required to pay for the costs of their loved one's hospital treatment, physical and cognitive therapy, and other injury-related expenses.