A 71-year-old resident of Yorktown, Virginia (VA), suffered fatal injuries when he was struck by a car on the evening of October 12, 2017. The deadly pedestrian crash happened near the intersection of Kiln Creek Parkway and Royal Colven Drive at around 7:10 pm.
Virginia State Police troopers responded to the call about the incident in York County. They found the pedestrian critically injured, and he passed away a short time after being transported to Riverside Regional Hospital. Troopers do not suspect that alcohol use or speeding by the car’s driver contributed to causing the deadly wreck, and they refrained from issuing charges while continuing to investigate.
The area of York County where the driver hit and killed the pedestrian is full of housing developments. Even though Kiln Creek Parkway is divided into four lanes -- two in each direction, with dedicated left-turn lanes at the entrances to subdivisions -- and has a speed limit of 35 mph, it is, for all intents and purposes, a residential street. Drivers must watch for pedestrians, both walking on the sidewalks and bike paths and crossing at cut throughs.
Virginia state law recognizes the right of way for pedestrians at intersections like the one at Kiln Creek and Royal Colven. It states in section 46.2-924(A2) that “the driver of any vehicle on a highway shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian crossing such highway: At any regular pedestrian crossing included in the prolongation of the lateral boundary lines of the adjacent sidewalk at the end of a block.”
Failing to watch out for and yield to pedestrian results in many deaths and injuries in Virginia each year, During 2015, according to the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, 78 pedestrians lost their lives in crashes on Virginia roads and highways. Another 1,718 pedestrians suffered injuries. Among the most common conditions at the times of those serious wrecks were the vehicle traveling straight in darkness during a period of rain while encountering no stop signs or red lights -- all which were present during this York County fatality.
My Virginia wrongful death attorney colleagues and I send our deepest condolences out to the family and friends of the man who lost his life in this crash on Kiln Creek Parkway. Having helped many pedestrians hit and hurt by drivers, we know that most such wrecks can be avoided, but also that the tragic results can sometimes never be undone.