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Virginia State Police Issue Tough Warning about Hit-and-Run Crash Consequences

The Virginia State Police have issued a stern warning to drivers: hit-and-run accidents are illegal. This warning follows a rash of fatal hit-and-run accidents. In the past two months, five pedestrians and one bicyclist have been killed in hit-and-run crashes.

The State Police included the eight incidents which prompted their warning:

·        Dec. 1, 2014 – Frederick County, Va.: A 71-year-old Gore, Va., a male pedestrian was struck and killed on Gore Road. An arrest is pending.

·        Dec. 19, 2014 – Frederick County, Va.: A 15-year-old Clearbrook, Va., male pedestrian was struck and killed on Rest Church Road. An arrest is pending.

·        Dec. 22, 2014 – Henry County, Va.: A 66-year-old Bassett, Va., man was struck and killed while riding his bicycle on Route 220. The search for suspect vehicle continues.

·        Dec. 31, 2014 – Louisa County, Va.: A 35-year-old Bumpass, Va., male pedestrian was struck and killed on Willis Proffit Road. A 20-year-old Louisa man was arrested and charged with felony hit-and-run.

·        Jan. 1, 2015 – Stafford County, Va.: A 37-year-old Triangle, Va., male pedestrian was struck and severely injured in a crosswalk at Garrisonville Road and Brafferton Boulevard. The search for suspect vehicle continues.

·        Jan. 8, 2015 – Rockingham County, Va.: A 43-year-old Oregon female pedestrian was struck and killed on North Valley Pike. The search for suspect vehicle continues.

·        Jan. 15, 2015 – York County, Va.: A 47-year-old Seaford, Va., female pedestrian was struck while jogging along Coventry Boulevard. She was not injured. The search for suspect vehicle continues.

·        Jan. 20, 2015 – Greene County, Va.: A 30-year-old Stanardsville, Va., male pedestrian was struck and killed on Route 29. The search for suspect vehicle continues.

According to Virginia law, conviction of a hit-and-run accident is a Class 5 felony, which can carry a prison sentence of up to ten years and a fine of up to $2,500.

Our personal injury law firm has successfully represented many clients who were victims of hit-and-run drivers. Even if the fleeing driver is never caught, victims of these accidents may still be covered under their own car insurance uninsured motorist (UM or UIM) coverage. Under Virginia law, a victim can be reimbursed for medical expenses, lost wages, and even for their pain and loss. This is also true for families who have lost a loved one to a hit-and-run crash. If a family member has been killed in a hit-and-run crash, contact a dedicated Virginia wrongful death attorney to find out legal recourse you may have.

Richard N. Shapiro
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia
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