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

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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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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

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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