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Driver Killed in Accident with Police Cruiser in Norfolk

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Driver Killed in Accident with Police Cruiser in Norfolk

By Griff O'Hanlon, Norfolk Car Accident Lawyer

I was saddened to read about a fatal car crash involving a police cruiser in Norfolk on Saturday night. The accident took place at the intersection of Hampton Boulevard and Surrey Crescent.

The police officer was reported to be traveling south of Hampton Boulevard when a driver in a Toyota Prius pulled out from Surrey Crescent and collided with the cruiser, reported WAVY.com.

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The driver of the Prius was killed at the accident scene. The officer was taken to a local hospital for treatment of with serious injuries. My thoughts are with the family of the deceased driver and the police officer. The report on WAVY.com stated the police cruiser was responding to a report of gunshots on Graydon Avenue and had its lights and sirens on, according to Norfolk Police Department.

The officer was reported to be making a good recovery but would be off work for some time. Police had not yet identified the deceased driver or said who was to blame for Saturday night's wreck.

Accidents involving police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances can be serious. Often when emergency vehicles are responding to an incident or an accident scene, they travel fast and require the right of way. Other vehicles have little time to react. Recently, we reported that more than 100 lives are lost a year in accidents involving emergency vehicles. This may be an underestimate. We have seen a number of incidents in which accidents involving emergency vehicles caused deaths and  serious injuries in Hampton Roads and elsewhere in Virginia. Last year, a patient in an ambulance was killed on Route 13 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia when an ambulance driver went through a red light and hit a bus. The ambulance driver faced charges, according to TV reports. In another case, an $800,000 settlement was reached to the family of a patient who was killed in an ambulance in Charlottesville, VA when a driver who was texting crashed the ambulance.

The high number of deaths has caused policies on police pursuits to be reevaluated in parts of the country. If you see an emergency vehicle with its lights flashing and sirens on, you should pull over as soon as it's safe to do so.

If you have been injured in an accident with an emergency vehicle or if you have lost a loved one, we want to hear from you. Call us for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.

 

 

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