Roanoke Tractor-Trailer Crash Kills Girl, 16

The loss of a young life on the roads of Virginia is always tragic. I was saddened to read about a wreck on Friday that claimed the life of a 16-year-old girl in Roanoke.

Police say a tractor-trailer was involved in the crash that killed the teen girl. The big rig collided with a minivan. Police have not released details about which driver was to blame

The crash happened just after 6:30 p.m. on Friday at the corner of Orange and Plantation NE. The 16-year-old girl was pronounced dead at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital at 7:07 pm.

Police identified the other occupants of the minivan as the driver, Shanice Noelle Bostic, 23, of Vinton and the front seat passenger as Chisa Ayton, 24, of Roanoke. Bostic and Ayton were also transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment of their injuries, according to police.

Roanoke fatal tractor-trailer crash

News reports did not reveal the seriousness of the injuries. Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased girl.

When cars, motorcycles or vans are involved in wrecks with tractor-trailers, the consequences are often extremely serious.

Commercial vehicles like tractor-trailers cause a disproportionate number of deaths on the highways of Virginia.

About 10 percent of fatal crashes in Virginia in 2015 involved commercial vehicles.

Every year, we see fatal crashes involving tractor-trailers. The worst places for big rig crashes include U.S. 13 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and I-81 in the western part of the state. Both of these highways are used by tractor-trailers on north-south routes.

Last winter, two people were killed this week in an Eastern Shore of Virginia tractor-trailer wreck.

Virginia State Police said a Chevrolet SUV and a tractor-trailer collided on U.S. Route 13 in Capeville.

Capeville is a small community in Northampton County on the Eastern Shore. Route 13 is a fast-moving route and the is hazardous at all times of the day.  It’s used by commercial trucking companies to transport goods between the South and big cities like Baltimore, New York, and Philadelphia.

Often when local traffic emerges on Route 13, they come into conflict with fast traffic on the highway. Every month or so we read about an Eastern Shore tractor-trailer crash. Many of these are serious or deadly and driver fatigue has been a relevant factor in many of these crashes.

If you have lost a loved one due to the actions or inactions of a trucker anywhere in Virginia, please call our trucking accident injury lawyers at (757) 455-0077.

John Cooper



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