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Cyclist Kristen Hoffman Recovers from Serious Injuries After Being Hit in Virginia Beach

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Cyclist Kristen Hoffman Recovers from Serious Injuries After Being Hit in Virginia Beach

Last week, we noted a horrendous accident on Doctor Drive close to Lynnhaven Elementary School in which a cyclist and her children were hit by a driver suspected of speeding. Cyclist Kristen Hoffman sustained very serious injuries. One of her children was left in a critical condition.

Four people riding on a bike were mown down on Doctor Drive, a suburban street in Virginia Beach. Police later charged an 85-year-old man from Virginia Beach with reckless driving.

We were relieved to read a report on NewsChannel 3 that cyclist Kristen Hoffman and one of her children are recovering from their injuries.

Cyclist Kristen Hoffman sustained serious injuries

Cyclist Kristen Hoffman was seriously injured on Doctor Drive

However, the horrendous nature of these injuries is made plain in the TV channel report.

The accident occurred on Doctor Drive close to Lynnhaven Elementary School. The Hoffman family was on a bike ride. Kristen Hoffman was reportedly on the bike with her kids riding in a child trailer attached behind it.

Dorothy Thomas, who is Kristen's aunt, told Channel 3 the mother’s injuries were horrendous. It could have been even worse if Kristen had not done everything she could to protect her kids. She held her baby on her left side to protect the infant during the crash.

The infant recovered with no injuries. Another child sustained life-threatening injuries and was reported to be recovering from surgery in the ICU. Kristen Hoffman suffered very serious injuries to her liver, spine, and ribs, according to Channel 3.

This was a horrendous and unexpected accident that devastated a young family. The news report suggested there are seven members of the family and the accident will cause severe financial hardship.

Every week in Hampton Roads lives are lost and impacted by the careless and reckless actions of drivers. Cyclists and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable.

As the father of a young family living in Virginia Beach, it saddens me that drivers can be so careless about mothers and children, be they cyclists, pedestrians or other road users.

Channel 3 reported a GoFundMe Page and YouCaring Page have been set up to help the Hoffman family.

According to media reports, police believe speed may have been a factor in this crash.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a wreck with injuries caused by the fault of another driver in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake or elsewhere in Hampton Roads, please call our experienced personal injury lawyers for a free meeting at (757) 455-0077.

Griff O'Hanlon


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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 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 Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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