A car accident on Virginia Beach Boulevard left a pedestrian fatally injured on the afternoon of November 11, 2016. The deceased man was hit near a bus shelter between Stepney Lane and Thalia Road. He initially survived the crash, but he died from his injuries shortly after being taken to the hospital.
The driver involved in the deadly crash remained on the scene. Virginia Beach police did not immediately issue charges. Investigators will need to determine if the pedestrian had right of way despite not being in a crosswalk and also if the driver was acting negligently or recklessly by driving while distracted, speeding or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Even though this fatal pedestrian accident did not occur at a marked intersection, it did happen in a location where drivers must be on the lookout for people on foot. The bus shelter is located a short walk from several shopping centers and the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library. Watching for pedestrians, as well as bicyclists, is a must along this heavily traveled main road, especially since the posted speed limit is 45 mph.
My Virginia wrongful death attorney colleagues and I send our deepest condolences out to the friends and family members of the deceased pedestrian. We only hope that people learning of this possibly preventable loss of life will take away the lesson to watch for and protect people crossing streets.