Passenger Tracy Bender Dies After Head-on Wreck in Suffolk

Head-on collisions are the most deadly kind of crash that you can be involved in. Typically there is more force and the impact is greater.

I was saddened to read about how a second person has died in the wake of a head-on crash on Suffolk’s Nansemond Parkway near Nansemond High School, just under three days after the wreck.

The accident was reported on Monday evening just before 6 p.m.. Police said the head-on wreck involved a Hyundai Accent and a Honda Accord. The driver of one of the cars - Kristin Bender, 22 – was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Her passenger was left in a critical condition and was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Head-on crash on Suffolk's Nansemond Parkway

Police confirmed the death of the passenger in the car driven by Kristin Bender on Thursday. She is 44-year-old Tracey A. Bender, police said.

My deepest condolences go to this family that has lost two members in this terrible crash this week.

The driver of the second car involved was also taken to the hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation and it’s not clear which driver was to blame.

On our website, we explain how head-on collisions may be caused by wrong-way drivers or motorists who cross a line.  One lapse of attention can lead to a head-on collision on roads such as Nansemond Parkway.

Research has shown that the death rate for wrong-way accidents is a staggering 27 times higher than that for other types of accident.

If you lose a loved one in a head-on crash, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver. Although litigation is the very last thing many people who have lost a loved one want to consider, a death in the family leaves massive costs in its wake.

If you have lost a loved one in a car wreck, please call our experienced wrongful death attorneys at (757) 455-0077 for a free and confidential consultation.

Jim Hurley

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