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Fatal Williamsburg Crash Kills Two and Injures Six

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Fatal Williamsburg Crash Kills Two and Injures Six

We were saddened to read about a fatal Williamsburg crash that claimed two lives and left six injured on Friday night.

The three-vehicle accident occurred on Monticello Ave., and Ironbound Road around 9 p.m.

A report on said the fatal Williamsburg crash was caused by a driver who was escaping from a police stop. He was one of the fatalities.

Virginia State Police said a Dodge Avenger was traveling west on Monticello Avenue at a high rate of speed when entered the intersection at Ironbound Road. It T-boned a Toyota Sienna van in the side. The van was heading south on Ironbound Road at the moment of impact. The crash caused one of the vehicles to hit a Mercedes-Benz that was also traveling southbound on Ironbound Road.

State police said the driver of the Avenger was Leon W. Coles Jr., a 40-year-old man from Williamsburg. Two children aged 8 and 10 were passengers in the car. They were transported to Riverside Hospital in Newport News for the treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Fatal Williamsburg Crash occurted at Monticello Ave. and Ironbound Road i

Monticello Ave. and Ironbound Road in Williamsburg

Police said Coles was not wearing a seatbelt, although the children were.

The other driver who dies was behind the wheel of the Toyota van. He was identified as Hamed Kamel Juma, 58, of Williamsburg. Juma’s wife and two children were all transported to Riverside Regional Hospital in Newport News. Police said they suffered serious injuries.

The 62-year-old driver of the Mercedes was also transported to Riverside Regional Hospital. His injuries were described as serious but non-life threatening.

Our thoughts are with the families who lost a loved one and the injured. We wish them a speedy recovery. It’s tragic that the actions of one driver caused such a massive amount of suffering.

Fatal Williamsburg Crash Followed a Traffic Stop

Police said the driver of the Dodge Avenger was fleeing from a Williamsburg police officer who tried to make a traffic stop related to an earlier incident.
The investigation is ongoing. Reports of a driver traveling erratically before the crash were not confirmed. Police have not disclosed whether alcohol or drugs were factors in the fatal Williamsburg crash. It's not clear if an active police chase was taking place before the wreck.

Every year alcohol and speed or a combination of the two factors claim thousands of lives. High speed is a common factor in as many as a third of all fatal road crashes.

If you have lost a loved one or been injured in a crash, you may have grounds to make a claim on the insurance policy of the at-fault driver. Call our Virginia fatal accidents crash team at (757) 455-0077 for a free consultation.

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 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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