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Child Injured in Fatal Park Place, Norfolk Wreck is Making a Recovery

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Child Injured in Fatal Park Place, Norfolk Wreck is Making a Recovery

By John Cooper, Norfolk Car Accident Injury Lawyer

A tragic crash in Norfolk that claimed the life of a nine-year-old boy and seriously injured another child has made headlines this week.

This crash that occurred close to our Ghent offices in Park Place in Norfolk on Monday, appears to have involved a pickup truck that went through the intersection. An eyewitness told a TV station the driver ran a red light at the intersection of W 27th Street and Llewellyn Avenue.

The scene of Monday's fatal crash in Park Place, Norfolk

The scene of Monday's fatal crash in Park Place, Norfolk

Yesterday Norfolk police identified the boy who died as a child from Moyock, NC. A report on WAVY.com said the seven-year-old was making a recovery at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. He was listed as being in a critical condition on Monday. I hope this child is able to able to make a full recovery.

Amanda Hernandez, a cousin of the child who died, has set up a fundraising page to help the family with their loss. You can click here to donate.

Norfolk Police said the children were in a minivan that was traveling westbound down W. 27th Street when a pickup truck traveling southbound on Llewellyn Avenue went straight through the intersection and struck the van. After the van and pickup collided, the van crashed into a utility pole, according to media reports. Both of the two young boys were ejected from the van. Police said evidence suggested the child who lost his life was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the impact.

The mother who was driving the minivan was also taken to the hospital for treatment. She is expected to recover. The driver and passenger of the pickup truck involved in the crash were treated for minor injuries.

Many questions linger over this terrible and unexpected accident, in particular what caused a pick-up truck to go through an intersection. The incident remains under investigation. Police do not believe that alcohol was a contributing factor in the accident. The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office is to decide if charges should be filed.

Every year carelessness or recklessness causes numerous accidents at intersections. While these wrecks are often fender benders, when large vehicles are involved, there’s always the potential for death or serious injury.

If you or a loved one has been hurt by a careless or a reckless driver, you are entitled to make a recovery from that driver’s insurance policy. If you have lost a loved one, you can make a wrongful death claim to cover a wide range of present and future expenses. See our Virginia wrongful death attorneys’ page for more information or call us at (757) 455-0077 for a free and no obligation consultation.

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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