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Highway Worker is Hurt in Hit-and-Run Crash on I-64 in Norfolk

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Highway Worker is Hurt in Hit-and-Run Crash on I-64 in Norfolk

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) workers and contractors are in the front line on our highways. Although they are highly visible, we see repeated incidents involving highway workers even in broad daylight. I was saddened to read about a crash involving a hit-and-run driver today.

I was concerned to read about how a worker contracted through VDOT was injured on Tuesday morning. The driver who hit him failed to remain at the accident scene on Interstate 64.

Dave Forster, a spokesman from VDOT, said the safety service patrol worker was hit by a red pickup as he worked a crash on the westbound side on I-64 close to Tidewater Drive.

Sgt. Michelle Anaya of Virginia State Police said the area was coned off in response to the crash. A Ford F-150 cut through the coned off area and struck the 26-year-old worker with one of the pickup’s side view mirrors.

wrecks involving VDOT workers are common in Hampton Roads

 

VDOT say the worker was outside of his vehicle when he was injured. Virginia State Police troopers were called to the accident scene on I-64 around 6:10 a.m.

Forster said the worker was up and walking after he was struck by the pickup. Anaya said he was taken to a local hospital to be evaluated.

The worker is employed by Parsons, which VDOT contracts for safety patrol.

The wreck caused major congestion for motorists on the westbound side of I-64 on Tuesday morning.

Local police as well as personnel at military bases in the area are on the lookout for the suspected hit-and-run vehicle.  Troopers are continuing to probe the incident.

We hope the worker makes a speedy recovery. Far too many highway workers are injured on the interstates of Hampton Roads.

Last year, a VDOT worker was injured when his van was involved in a crash with another vehicle on the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel in Suffolk. The bridge operator was driving between two locations when he was hit by a panel van.

There’s never an excuse for being a hit-and-run driver. Often people who leave the scene, have something to hide. We recently represented a highway worker who lost both of his legs when he was hit by a drunk driver in a construction zone on I-264 in Norfolk.

If you are driving in a work zone or see traffic cones, you should slow down and give space to highway workers.

If you or a loved one has been hurt by a hit-and-run driver, call our Hampton Roads auto wreck injury lawyers for a free consultation 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 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 Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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