Passenger Darryl Farmer Dies After High Speed Wreck in Caroline County, VA

By Jim Hurley, Virginia Car Accident Injury Lawyer

As Virginia-based car accident injury lawyers, we see many instances in which passengers pay the price of negligent and reckless drivers.

A case in Caroline County, Virginia, in which a passenger was killed when an SUV reaching speeds of 120 mph hit a tree, made for disturbing reading.

police-tape reported on how Darryl D. Farmer, 22, of Ruther Glen died when the Dodge Journey he was a passenger in hit a tree as the driver tried to flee from a Caroline sheriff's deputy, according to police. Farmer was reported to be wearing a seat belt.

The 52-year-old driver and a 10-year-old girl were both flown to VCU Medical Center to be treated for serious injuries. No information about their conditions was available today.

Deputies in Caroline County were reported to be in pursuit of the SUV on Route 17 in Essex when it ended up crashing near Route 631.

Deputies told the TV station WTVR they had attempted to pull the driver over for driving 80 MPH in a 55 MPH zone.  After they gave chase, the pursuit reached speeds of 120 MPH before the wreck.


Investigators said the SUV driver nearly hit two other vehicles and dodged spike strip put down by other deputies in an attempt to flatten the suspect vehicle’s tires.

My thoughts are with the family members of this young man who lost his life in this terrible crash.

The Rights of Passengers in Car Crashes

We have written a lot about the rights of passengers in car crashes in Virginia in the past.

While a driver is not usually able to make a claim for injuries caused from a single-vehicle accident, passengers have a right to sue the driver for injuries. The family members of a passenger who has lost his or her life, often have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the insurance policy of the driver who caused the wreck.

It goes without saying that if a police officer tries to stop you, you should not try to escape the law. Speed is the most significant cause of fatal accidents.

If you have lost a loved one in a car wreck, call us today at (757) 455-0077 or see our resources about auto accidents.

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