A car crash in Virginia Beach, VA, on the morning of November 18, 2016, left a pedestrian hospitalized with injuries and the two dogs the injured woman had been walking dead. The at-fault driver has been charged with reckless driving.
The collision happened just before 7 am at the intersection of Buckner Boulevard and Rosemont Road when the car's driver attempted to make a left-hand turn. The dogwalker was in a crosswalk and had right of way. Failing to yield to the pedestrian and inflicting injuries is what drew the reckless driving charge.
A similar pedestrian accident occurred in Winchester, VA, about seven hours later. In that crash, an 81-year-old woman died after a driver turned left out of a factory parking lot and struck the elderly pedestrian as she used a crosswalk.
The Virginia Beach pedestrian is expected to recover physically, but both her situation and the loss of life in northwestern Virginia illustrate the danger inattentive drivers pose to people on foot. Individuals behind the wheel often fail to scan intersections for pedestrians, which endangers lives. My personal injury law firm colleagues and I hope that each driver who learns of either of these pedestrian crashes takes to heart the lesson to look all around at crosswalks and pause when seeing someone in an intersection.