June 28, 2012, proved a dangerous day for young children on residential roads in southside Hampton Roads. A 14 year old in Virginia Beach, VA, was the victim of a hit-and run, and a 10 year old was hit by a car while riding a scooter.
The Virginia Beach accident occurred near the intersection of Halifax Avenue and Heathrow Drive. Witnesses say the teenager was riding his bicycle when he was hit by a car that had been following him. The at-fault driver fled the scene, and police are asking anyone with information about the crash to contact them at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (562-5887). Fortunately, the bike rider suffered only cuts and bruises and should be fine.
A more serious wreck occurred on Ohio Street in Chesapeake, where an elementary school-age child was run into by a car. That driver did stop to render assistance after the collision near Decatur Avenue. The young victim was rushed to hospital with bruises and a possible broken leg. It is unknown whether any charges will be filed.
The Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers’ Perspective
Both accidents occurred in the midafternoon, illustrating more than anything the risks children face during the summer. When kids are out of school and on the streets unsupervised at the same time as cars and trucks driven by adults going about their daily business, children and drivers need to be on constant watch for each other. As Virginia personal injury attorneys, we know how small a distraction it takes to set the stage for a serious accident.
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