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Mother Loses Her Life, Three Daughters Are Injured in Amherst, VA Crash

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Mother Loses Her Life, Three Daughters Are Injured in Amherst, VA Crash

I was saddened to read about a tragic crash this week in Amherst County, Virginia that killed a mother and left her 14-year-old daughter in critical a condition.

Anavia-Roman, 36, of Amherst, lost her life and her three children were taken to a local hospital after a two-vehicle crash at about 7:33 a.m. on Virginia 151 near the intersection with Turkey Mountain Road (Route 610).

The fatal crash in Amherst County occurred on Tuesday morning, according to Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.


Anavia-Roman, 36, was heading to school to drop off her three kids aged 6,12 and 14 before work. As she left her driveway, she was in a collision with a car traveling north on Route 151. The mother died on impact.

Her eldest daughter who is 14 suffered the most serious injuries. She was airlifted to UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville. News reports stated she is in a coma with brain swelling.

My thoughts are with the family at this terrible time. Car accidents can destroy lives in a matter of seconds.

A report in the News & Advance stated Anavia-Roman was leaving a private driveway when she failed to yield to a Jeep Grand Cherokee heading north on Virginia 151.

The driver of the Jeep was unable to brake in time and hit the 2004 Honda Civic Anavia-Roman was driving, Virginia State Police said.

Every year many lives are lost in rural Virginia in cases where drivers fail to yield. We have seen some tragic accidents on U.S. 13 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia where drivers have emerged onto the fast-moving main highway and failed to judge the speed or an approaching vehicle or failed to see it.

Last month, a driver was charged with failure to yield over an intersection accident on Caratoke Highway in Moyock, NC, that hospitalized 11 people

People live busy lives. When you are in a hurry during the morning or evening commute, it can be easy to make a mistake or think you can beat a light or get onto the highway before an approaching car. You should always take the time to check to make sure the road is clear.

If you have lost a loved one in a car crash you should consider talking to our Virginia auto accident wrongful death attorneys. Call us at (757) 455-0077 for a free consultation or contact us here.

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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 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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