A fatal hit-and-run collision in Downtown Norfolk, Virginia (VA), left police searching for the at-fault driver days after the tragic event. The crash at the intersection of St. Pauls Boulevard and E, Charlotte Avenue near Scope and Chrysler Hall happened a little after 10:40 pm on November 7, 2017.
Investigators have very little information about the vehicle involved or the driver who fled the scene, They did tell news outlets that they found the stricken pedestrian unconscious in the roadway and that the man died before being transported to nearby Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Anyone who witnessed the wreck or who knows the identity of the at-fault driver should call the Norfolk Crime Line at (888) LOCK-U-UP, or 562-5887.
The site of this fatal hit-and-run is a T-intersection controlled by stoplights in all directions and marked with crosswalks at each corner. Posted speed limits are low. Chances are good that the pedestrian had right of way under section 46.2-924(A) of the Virginia Code, which states
The driver of any vehicle on a highway shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian crossing such highway:
1. At any clearly marked crosswalk, whether at mid-block or at the end of any block;
2. At any regular pedestrian crossing included in the prolongation of the lateral boundary lines of the adjacent sidewalk at the end of a block;
3. At any intersection when the driver is approaching on a highway or street where the legal maximum speed does not exceed 35 miles per hour.
Fleeing also points strongly to the driver’s responsibility for this tragic pedestrian accident. The relevant Virginia statute, section 46.2-94, is titled “Duty of driver to stop, etc., in event of accident involving injury or death or damage to attended property.” In addition to making it a crime to fail to stay on the scene and provide identification and insurance information to law enforcement officials and other people involved in the wreck, the law makes it a legal duty to “render reasonable assistance to any person injured in such accident, including taking such injured person to a physician, surgeon, or hospital if it is apparent that medical treatment is necessary or is requested by the injured person.”
Identifying the hit-and-run driver would allow Norfolk police to hold the person responsible for committing a crime. It would also help the family of the pedestrian who lost his life hold the driver financially accountable for causing a wrongful death. Should the driver never face justice, the family should have coverage under the uninsured motorist provisions of their loved one’s own insurance policy. The family of the victim would be well-served by obtaining legal advice from a Virginia wrongful death lawyer who is familiar with both pedestrian rights and motorists' responsibilities.