Police in Chesapeake, Virginia (VA), are asking for help with tracking down a suspected hit-and-run driver following the discovery of a deceased pedestrian in the northeastern corner of the city. The fatal collision happened sometime before 4 am on June 11, 2015, near the intersection of George Washington Highway and Yadkin Road, and investigators have identified the vehicle that was most likely involved as a 2000-2003 dark blue or black Chevy Cavalier sedan. Tips about the location of the car or the identity of the driver can be shared anonymously with the Crime Line at (888) LOCK-U-UP (562-5887).
The deceased victim, previously of Raleigh, North Carolina (NC), may have been trying to cross the road, which in that area crosses between a motel and a shopping center with a convenience store. He had died from his injuries before being discovered by a policeman who was on patrol.
Finding the person responsible for striking the man and leaving him fatally injured is extremely important. Drivers who flee the scenes of the crashes they cause without stopping to render assistance and wait for emergency responders leave those they hit and their loved ones struggling physically and financially. When such negligent drivers are located, they can be charged with criminal and/or traffic offenses. They must also respond civilly and provide their own insurance for the harms and losses to the person they struck or, as in this case, killed. In situations where the hit-and-run driver cannot be located or has no insurance of their own, the person struck may still be provided uninsured motorist coverage (UM/UIM), assuming they do have rights under a car insurance policy of their own or through a resident relative in their household.
My Virginia personal injury and wrongful death attorney colleagues and I have helped many families navigate the UM/UIM claims process, but it is much more satisfying to make sure no hit-and-run driver escapes his or her obligation to pay for the harm they wreak.