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Roanoke Tractor-Trailer Crash Kills Girl, 16

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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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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 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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