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Fatal Godwin Bridge Wreck in Suffolk Kills Two, Injures Three

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Fatal Godwin Bridge Wreck in Suffolk Kills Two, Injures Three

We were saddened to read about a fatal Godwin Bridge wreck in Suffolk yesterday that left two people dead and thee more seriously injured.

Police responded to a multi-vehicle accident involving three passenger vehicles and a pickup truck just before 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Two men died at the accident scene on Route 17. They were later identified as Paul E. Shinabery, 57, of Smithfield and 56-year-old Donald Mohorn, of Hampton.

Police reported two other men and a woman were taken to the hospital for the treatment of serious injuries. Godwin Bridge was closed down for several hours while police investigated the cause of the wreck.

Fatal Godwin Bridge Wreck in Suffolk kills two

Two motorists were killed in Fatal Godwin Bridge Wreck in Suffolk (Suffolk fire department)

Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased and the injured after this fatal Godwin Bridge wreck in Suffolk.

The Godwin Bridge takes Route 17 across the Nansemond River in Suffolk. The span has seen serious head-on collisions in the past.

In 2015, it was the scene of a head-on crash that left two men with serious injuries, reported

At at 4:25 a.m. a Toyota Camry and Dodge Charger collided. Both drivers had to be cut out of their vehicles.

Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department helped Suffolk Fire & Rescue crews during the extrication. The drivers transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Fatal Godwin Bridge Wreck in Suffolk – The Unanswered Questions

Few details were released about this weekend’s fatal crash on Godwin Bridge.

However, there are lots of unanswered questions about this crash such as which driver was to blame, whether excess speed was a factor, if a driver crossed a center line or if distracted or drunken driving was a factor.

A few years ago, a 23-year-old woman was killed in a head-on wreck by an elderly driver on a bridge over the Nansemond River in Suffolk on Route 58. The at-fault driver ended up in the wrong lane.

There are many causes of fatal wrecks but usually, one driver is at-fault. If you have lost a loved one, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death action against the culpable driver’s insurance policy. Read more about wrongful death actions here on our website. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has a client meeting office in downtown Suffolk or we can come to your home. Call us at (757) 455-0077.

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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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