A Portsmouth, Virginia (VA), pedestrian was hit at around 8 pm on September 10, 2012, at the intersection of Airline Boulevard and Rodman Avenue. He died from his injuries shortly after being taken to a hospital.
The at-fault-driver, identified as an 83-year-old woman, stayed at the scene but was not immediately charged with any violations. An investigation continues.
Family members told WAVY-TV 10 that the man had walked to a 7-11 to enjoy the evening and get an after-dinner cup of coffee.
The Virginia Wrongful Death Lawyers' Perspective
This car crash raises many questions about pedestrian safety, senior drivers and driving at night. No one can yet know whether the man who was killed was in a crosswalk and crossing with the light, whether general conditions of low light, or some impairment or health condition for the at-fault driver contributed more to causing this fatal accident.
What we can know as Virginia Beach-based wrongful death attorneys who have represented victims of many pedestrian accidents, however, is that a family's loss of any member can be a tragic occurrence. We also know that drivers have high duties to protect the lives and safety of people on foot. Even if police never charge the at-fault driver, she could potentially still be held liable in a civil lawsuit brought by survivors of the victim.
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