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Darryl Matthews from Suffolk is Killed In Wrong Way Crash on I-664

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Darryl Matthews from Suffolk is Killed In Wrong Way Crash on I-664

I was appalled to read about another fatal crash in Chesapeake caused by a wrong way driver.

The three-vehicle crash was reported on Sunday morning. Virginia State Police spokeswoman Michelle Anaya said it resulted in one fatality and an extraction.

The wreck occurred at about 7:50 a.m. on Sunday on Interstate 664, just south of the Portsmouth Boulevard exit, the Daily Press reported.

wrong way crash in Chesapeake proves fatal

Virginia State Police said a 2013 Nissan Altima was traveling in the southbound lanes. The driver crossed the median and ended up in the northbound lanes hitting a 2011 Ford F-150 and a 1995 Lexus GS300 head on.

The Lexus driver was killed on impact, police said. He was later identified as Darryl D. Matthews, 37, from Suffolk.

My deepest condolences go to Mr. Matthews’ family. When you are faced with a wrong way driver heading toward you, you have little time to take evasive action. A head-on collision at a typical interstate speed is often fatal. It’s still unclear what caused the Nissan driver to cross a median.

The driver of the Nissan was trapped in the car and had to be extracted, according to Virginia State Police. The driver was transported to Norfolk General for the treatment of serious life-threatening injuries.

No injuries were reported to the occupants in the Ford F-150. Police said drunk driving was not a cause of the wreck.

This serious wreck closed all I-664 northbound lanes, and one southbound lane for a period on Sunday morning.

There are many questions about this terrible accident. Typically, head-on crashes are rarer on interstates than other major roads, but we have seen instances of drivers crossing medians in recent weeks.

In late 2016, a driver crossed a median on I-264 near Birdneck Road in Virginia Beach. The subsequent wrong way crash killed two people, including the woman’s daughter. Five other motorists were injured in this crash.

You can read more about wrong way collisions here on our website. These kinds of wrecks occur more often than many people think and are often devastating.

If you have lost a loved one in a car crash in Hampton Roads or elsewhere, please contact our experienced wrongful death team at (757) 455-0077.

Jim Hurley

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

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