Infant is Killed in Fiery Wreck on I-264 in Virginia Beach

All of us at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers were terribly saddened after hearing about the death of a 5-month-old in a fiery car accident on Interstate 264 in Virginia Beach yesterday.  According to multiple news reports, a Nissan Sentra was traveling westbound on Interstate 264 at Rosemont Road when it suffered a mechanical breakdown.  A large, Chevy Silverado pick-up truck then crashed into the Nissan, throwing it into a Hampton Roads Transit Bus that was not in service.

The facts of this accident are truly heartbreaking and demonstrate how things can go wrong quickly on the interstate when cars break down and other drivers are not paying attention.  Media reports stated that the Nissan spun around in the wreck and burst into flames that rapidly engulfed the entire vehicle. There was very little time to react. The accident was reported on mile marker 18.7 on I-264 around 2:30 p.m., according to Virginia Department of Transportation.

I-264 at Rosemont, close to the fatal accident scene

I-264 close to the Rosemont exit

 Several witnesses immediately attempted to provide assistance to the Nissan’s occupants.  A 31-year-old woman, 28-year-old man and 2-year-old girl were rescued from the Nissan.  Tragically, rescuers were unable to save the girl due to the quickly spreading fire.  The three occupants who were rescued from the Nissan were transported to Sentara Norfolk General for medical treatment.

State and local police, EMS and fire personnel soon arrived on scene.  All westbound lanes of Interstate 264 were shut down at Lynnhaven Parkway while authorities investigated the collision. The crash caused long delays on Monday afternoon.

The lawyers and staff of Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers extend their deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those injured in this terrifying incident.

A loss of life in a car wreck is always tragic. When a child dies it's even more heartbreaking for those left behind. Drivers have a duty to look out for broken down cars. Sadly, we see many cases in which they appear to be unable to avoid hitting a disabled vehicle. It's not yet clear if any charges will be brought after this crash. 

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we have helped many families who have lost a loved one by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.  All cases are different and we cannot guarantee the result of a case, but attorney John Cooper secured a $3.5 million settlement for the child of a man who was killed in a fiery wreck on I-64 in Norfolk. He was traveling in a car that was moving slowly because it had a tire problem when it was hit behind by a tractor-trailer.

May 17 was a tragic day in Virginia Beach. In a separate accident, a man was killed on Northampton Boulevard when he was hit behind by a truck with a trailer, reported.

If you have lost a loved one in a car, truck or motorcycle wreck in Virginia Beach, call our experienced wrongful death team at (757) 455-0077 for a free consultation.

Griff O'Hanlon

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