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Head–on Wreck Kills Popular Virginia High School Coach Danny Keene

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Head–on Wreck Kills Popular Virginia High School Coach Danny Keene

We were saddened to read about the death of a popular Virginia high school basketball coach in a head-on wreck near Caldwell in West Virginia.

News reports stated Alleghany High School girls basketball coach Danny Keene died on Sunday in a two-car crash near Caldwell, West Virginia.

The Alleghany Sheriff’s Department said another driver crossed a center line and struck the vehicle Keene was driving.

Head-on wrecks are often fatal

Keene was a special education teacher at Alleghany High School for almost three decades. He was the coach of the girls’ basketball team for 24 years.

A tribute to Keene was posted on the high school’s website.

"He never met a stranger,” stated school Principal Dwayne Ross. “He put a smile on everyone’s face, no matter the situation. He will definitely be missed, and he will always be part of the Mountaineer family.”

The coach died a day before Alleghany was scheduled to open the 2016-17 season at home Monday against James River.

The students reportedly placed cones in Keene's parking spot on Monday to make sure nobody else could park there.

The Inherent Dangers of a Head-on Wreck in Virginia

There were few further details available about the deadly wreck this week. What we do know is that head-on wreck incidents are more likely to be deadly than other crashes.

On narrow, rural roads, the chances of being involved in a head-on wreck are high. When drivers lose control or are traveling too fast around a curve, they can cross a center line.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) points out more than half of all fatal car accidents entail some front end damage.

Every year people are killed in head-on collisions in Hampton Roads and elsewhere in Virginia. Earlier this year, a head-on wreck claimed the life of a driver on Chesapeake’s Centerville Turnpike.

Head-on crashes of this nature are usually caused by a driver who loses control and crosses a line or even wrong way drivers. They often occur at night. A large number of wrong way drivers are intoxicated at the time of an accident.

If you have lost a loved one due to the fault of another driver in Virginia, you should consider calling our wrongful death team today at (757) 455-0077. We offer free and confidential consultations.


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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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