Two Young Women Killed, a Third Injured, in I-81 Crash

A three-vehicle crash killed two young women and seriously injured a third. The crash happened Friday night at approximately 10 pm on I-81 in Wythe County.

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Fatal Crash

According to Virginia State Police, a Virginia Beach woman was driving a Honda Insight southbound when her vehicle crossed through the median and slammed head-on into a Honda Civic that was traveling northbound. The impact of the crash was hard enough to send the Insight spinning and it was hit by a northbound Ford F-150 pickup truck.

The 21-year-old driver of the Insight was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from her car. She died at the scene of the crash. The driver of the Honda Civic, a 22-year-old New Castle, Va. woman, was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Her passenger, a 21-year-old woman, also from New Castle, was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders. Both victims were wearing their seatbelts.

The 46-year-old Georgia man who was driving the pickup and his three passengers were all taken to LewisGale Hospital in Pulaski County, where they were treated for minor injuries.

Police say the cause of the fatal crash is still being investigated. The Virginia State Police Wytheville Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and is assisting with the investigation.

Wrongful Death Claims

No amount of money can ever make up for the death of a loved one. However, many times when a family has lost someone due to the carelessness or negligent behavior of another party, not only do they face an enormous emotional loss, they many also be dealing with tremendous financial losses as well. There is often medical costs from the attempt to save the victim’s life, as well as funeral and burial costs. There is also the loss of future income the family may be facing, such as when a spouse or parent is killed. Family members can file a wrongful death claim against the party or parties who are deemed responsible for their loved deaths in order to collect damages for the financial expenses they have suffered, as well as the emotional ones.

Contact a Virginia Wrongful Death Attorney

Although the investigation into what caused the crash is still ongoing, the family of the dead victims, as well as the injured victims in this tragic crash, should contact a Virginia personal injury and wrongful death law firm to see what legal recourse they may have for the losses they have suffered. Under Virginia law, victims only have a two-year statute of limitations to bring a wrongful death or personal injury claim against the responsible party. 

Randall E. Appleton
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