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Police Identify Dead and Injured in I-264 Crash in Virginia Beach

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Police Identify Dead and Injured in I-264 Crash in Virginia Beach

Police have named the victims of the I-264 crash in Virginia Beach on Friday that left two dead and six injured.

The massive crash near the Birdneck Road intersection of the interstate closed the highway down in both directions for about six hours.

I-254 wreck in Virginia Beach killed two and injured six

The accident was caused by a Chrysler Pacifica that crossed a median and hit two eastbound vehicles. Police are still investigating what caused the van to cross the median.

The driver’s daughter, Brittany Landers-Morgan of Virginia Beach, was one of the two people who died in the wreck.  She was a passenger in the Chrysler.

The other victim was Stephen W. Austin, 63, of Albemarle, N.C., who was driving one of the eastbound vehicles.  The driver of the Chrysler was seriously injured.

The Chrysler crossed the median at Birdneck Road and hit a Lexus, police said. It then flipped into the air and struck a Honda van, reported the Virginian-Pilot.

Austin was the driver of the Lexus who died at the scene. The wreck left his 64-year-old wife injured, as well as the 53-year-old driver of the other van Arif B. Salman of Virginia Beach, his wife, 46, and their two children, ages 9 and 7.

Our deepest condolences go out to the families of those who lost their lives. We hope the injured make a full recovery.

Friday’s wreck was the latest in a series of crashes on busy I-264 in Virginia Beach. In May, two teens died in a fiery wreck at S. Rosemont Road in Virginia Beach.

In the summer, a single-vehicle accident killed a woman from Portsmouth on the interstate.

Every year we see many multi-vehicle accidents in Hampton Roads. The holidays can be a particularly dangerous time because the roads are busy and life becomes hectic.

If you have lost a loved one or suffered a serious injury, another driver may be responsible.

It’s important to recover as much as you can for your injuries and to seek expert legal advice rather than dealing directly with the insurance company. Call us today for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.


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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 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 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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