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Passenger Dies on Virginia Beach’s Shore Drive

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Passenger Dies on Virginia Beach’s Shore Drive

Virginia Beach’s Shore Drive has a bad record for car and pedestrian accidents, despite measures being introduced to make it safer.

I was saddened to read about another fatal crash on the road in the early hours of Monday. reported that the single-vehicle wreck occurred on Shore Drive and Kendall Street, near First Landing State Park, around 1.15 a.m.

Virginia Beach Police reported a sedan was driving west on Shore Drive when it left the road and hit a sign and a tree. Three people who were in the car were taken to the hospital from the crash.

I was saddened to read that one of the occupants in the car succumbed to their injuries at the hospital. The two others remain in the hospital. It’s not clear how seriously injured they are and further details are yet to be released.

The media report suggests the victim was likely a passenger. The Virginia Beach Police Department is reported to be looking into the crash and charges are pending.

My thoughts are with the family of the deceased at this terrible time. I hope the injured people make a good recovery.

Pedestrians Are Killed on Shore Drive

Last year, the death of a pedestrian renewed concerns about the dangers of Shore Drive in Virginia Beach.

A 53-year-old man died crossing the road. Although there are restaurants and other businesses on both sides of Shore Drive west of First Landing State Park, there is a lack of crosswalk and pedestrians don’t always use the crosswalks that are available.

While local residents have called for better lighting and lower speed limits, city officials in past years have said Shore Drive is not one of the most dangerous roads in Virginia Beach.

It’s a busy highway, though. As many as 11,000 to 39,000 motorists use it every day and those numbers spike in the summer when vacationers head to the beach.

The fatal Shore Driver accident was the second serious wreck in Hampton Roads on Sunday. A crash was also reported in Hampton at 11 p.m. Sunday night at the intersection of Shell Rd. and Bell St.

Rescue crews reported they extracted four people from the cars involved and transported two to a local hospital. The severity of their injuries was unknown.

If you have lost a loved one as a passenger in a car, you have rights and may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Please call us for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.



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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 Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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