A two-vehicle crash along a curvy stretch of Mount Cross Road in Danville, Virginia (VA), claimed a passenger’s life and sent three other people to hospitals. The deadly wreck happened at about 4:45 pm on September 13, 2017.
According to Virginia State Police investigators, a car ran off the road in the 900 block of Mount Cross Road close where the city line meets surrounding Pittsylvania County and crossed the center double yellow line when the driver tried to reenter the roadway and regain control. Witness accounts of the collision differed, with some people calling it a broadside and others saying the car and Jeep got involved in a head-on collision.
The 47-year-old female passenger in the car died at the scene, while the car’s driver suffered serious injuries. A passenger in the Jeep sustained only minor injuries, but the person driving the Jeep needed to be flown to Duke University Medical Center for lifesaving treatment.
State troopers did not immediately issue charges against either driver. One person who lives close to the crash scene told GoDanRiver.com that he saw the car traveling at a high rate of speed just before it went out of sight around the curve where it slammed into the Jeep. If speed caused the car to leave the roadway, the car’s driver would likely be found responsible for causing the fatal crash. That individual could also be charged with failing to maintain control of the vehicle and with illegally crossing a double-yellow line.
- “A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as is practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from that lane until the driver has ascertained that such movement can be made safely.
- “Wherever a highway is marked with double traffic lines consisting of two immediately adjacent solid yellow lines, no vehicle shall be driven to the left of such lines.”
Traffic violations like those would also make the car’s driver negligent in ways that give the family of the woman who lost her life to file wrongful death insurance claims and the injured people in the Jeep to seek compensation and damages for personal injuries. And if both drivers share blame for the crash, the injured passenger and the loved ones of the deceased passenger would have legitimate claims to make against both drivers’ insurance policies.
Working with a dedicated Virginia wrongful death attorney and personal injury lawyer will help all the people affected by this fatal crash in Danville sort through the details of the investigation and deal with insurance representatives.