Auto-Pedestrian Accidents Kill Two in Virginia Beach Over the Weekend
If you are a pedestrian or a cyclist in Virginia Beach, you often take your life in your hands on the busy roads. I was saddened to read about two fatal auto/pedestrian accidents this weekend.
Even by the standards of Virginia Beach, this weekend was a tragic one for pedestrians. Two were killed in separate auto-pedestrian accidents.
Our deepest condolences go out to the families of those who lost their lives this weekend.
Virginia Beach police said a teenager was hit near the intersection of Lynnhaven Parkway and Rosemont Road on Saturday morning. The 14-year-old was a freshman at Ocean Lakes High School.
According to a report on WAVY.com, the teen had been out skateboarding and biking with a friend when he was hit by a vehicle while returning home.
On Sunday, a man was struck and killed by a Jeep Grand Cherokee near the intersection of General Booth Boulevard and Birdneck Road.
The incident is under investigation by police. Dispatchers were notified of the man being hit by a vehicle at 3:51 a.m. An initial investigation revealed the Jeep was traveling east on General Booth Boulevard when the pedestrian entered the roadway. He was pronounced dead at the accident scene.
Both drivers involved in these fatal auto-pedestrian accidents remained at the scene.
Auto-Pedestrian Accidents Claimed the Lives of 78 People in Virginia in 2015
Pedestrians have rights when they are crossing the road, but they should abide by the rules and use crosswalks and sidewalks where they are available.
However, Virginia Beach is not known for being pedestrian-friendly. Many communities lack sidewalks and crosswalks are few and far between.
Every year dozens of pedestrians lose their lives in Virginia. In 2015, the state saw the loss of 78 pedestrian lives. A further 1,718 pedestrians were injured in Virginia in 2015.
We have noted before how Virginia Beach is one of the least-pedestrian friendly places in Hampton Roads. Away from the Boardwalk at the Oceanfront, there are many fast-moving urban highways where drivers pay little attention to walkers or cyclists.
If you have lost a loved one in an auto/pedestrian accident, you may have grounds to file a claim against an at-fault driver. Our Virginia pedestrian accident lawyers can advise you. Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation at (757) 455-0077.