A hit-and-run accident in Charlottesville, Virginia (VA), left the pedestrian involved with a traumatic brain injury from which he may never fully recover. The accident occurred shortly before 3 am on November 9, 2014, near the intersection of Elliott Avenue and Burnet Street. After being transported to the University of Virginia Medical Center, the man hit by the unidentified vehicle was placed in coma and diagnosed with significant brain damage.
Authorities continued searching for the at-fault driver throughout the following days. "We have no indication that the person who struck him stopped at all," Capt. Gary Pleasants of the Charlottesville Police Department told local television station NBC 29. "We've recovered some evidence from the scene and are investigating that."
As a Virginia personal injury lawyer who has close to 30 years of experience helping people who suffered TBIs due to others' negligence and recklessness, I know how difficult a future the man injured in this wreck and his loved ones may face. Brain damage can make it impossible for a person to perform even the most basic tasks, let alone work. The long-term financial consequences of an accident such as this can be as severe as the physical ones.
Finding the at-fault driver and holding that person accountable for making compensation adequate to provide for the victim's current and lifelong care is essential. Finding hit-and-run drivers is not impossible, but assistance from the public is required. Anyone with information is being asked to call law enforcement officials at (434) 970-3294.