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Passenger Doris Virginia Baxter Dies in Virginia Beach Crash with EMS Vehicle

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Passenger Doris Virginia Baxter Dies in Virginia Beach Crash with EMS Vehicle

By Jim Hurley, Virginia Beach Car Accident Lawyer

An elderly passenger in a car lost her life and a driver was injured in an accident with an ambulance this morning in Virginia Beach.

Details remain sparse, but the wreck occurred just before 10 a.m. on Lynnhaven Parkway near the North Shopping Center, according to Virginia Beach police.

Bill O'Mara of Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers talks about accidents involving ambulances

The police department called for motorists to avoid the area if possible. Lynnhaven Parkway was shut down between Sabre Street and North Mall Drive.

Police said a Virginia Beach EMS vehicle was traveling south on Lynnhaven, when it entered the intersection of Lynnhaven and North Mall Drive.

It was involved in a collision with a black Dodge Intrepid which was making a left-hand turn onto North Mall when it was hit by the EMS vehicle. The two occupants of the Dodge Intrepid were taken to the hospital.

Police say the driver of the Dodge sustained non life-threatening injuries, while the passenger, 88-year-old Doris Virginia Baxter, was transported with life-threatening injuries. She died later at a local hospital, reported. My thoughts are with her family. It was not immediately clear which driver was to blame for this wreck.

Accidents involving emergency vehicles occur more commonly than we may think. Every year more than 100 people lost their lives in accidents involving fire trucks, ambulances and police cars, according to the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Although drivers may fail to give way to emergency vehicles, causing potentially dangerous situations, there have also been numerous cases in which the drivers of emergency vehicles are to blame. Last year a patient in an ambulance was killed on Route 13 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia when an ambulance driver went through a red light and struck a bus. The ambulance driver faced charges after the wreck, according to media reports.

When those behind the wheels of emergency vehicles fail to drive to the standards we expect of them, a lawsuit can be brought against the drivers and their employers. More than two years ago a $800,000 settlement was reached in the wrongful death case brought by the family of an elderly man who was killed while traveling in an ambulance that crashed in Charlottesville, VA. It turned out that the ambulance driver had been texting on his phone before the fatal crash. All cases are different and unique and we cannot guarantee the same result in any given case.

If you have been hurt in a crash with an emergency vehicle or if you have lost a loved one, call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 or see

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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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