Virginia Beach: Crossing I-264 Median Kills 2, Injures 6

A wrong-way pileup involving seven vehicles on I-264 in Virginia Beach, VA, left two people dead and six others hospitalized with injuries. The deadly wreck happened between the Birdneck Road and First Colonial Road interchanges just before 6 pm on December 9, 2016.



The fatal multivehicle crash started when a minivan driver who was headed west on the interstate crossed the median and struck an eastbound car. The force of that head-on collision sent the minivan into the air, and it landed on a third car. Four other drivers crashed when striking debris or swerving to avoid disabled vehicles.

A passenger in the minivan died at the scene. So did the driver of the first car that the minivan hit. He has been identified as 63-year-old Stephen W. Austin of Albemarle, North Carolina (NC). The injured survivors include the at-fault driver, a passenger in the first car she ran into and the four people in the car that her minivan came down on top of. Two children, ages 7 and 9, were in that third vehicle.

Virginia State Police have announced their intention to charge the minivan driver for causing the crash and inflicting injuries and deaths. Injured victims and the families of the people who died should also try to hold the driver financially accountable for losing control of her minivan and causing so much pain and suffering. Because the number and seriousness of the claims likely to result, the people involved should consult with a knowledgeable and empathetic Virginia personal injury and wrongful death attorney. A legal advisor who has represented many people harmed by reckless and negligent drivers will help the victims of this wreck on I-264 in Virginia Beach understand how to ensure they receive adequate compensation by accessing multiple insurance policies.


Richard N. Shapiro
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