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Suspect Charged With Second-Degree Murder over Death of Chesapeake Employee George Harris

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Suspect Charged With Second-Degree Murder over Death of Chesapeake Employee George Harris

We are very sad to hear about the tragic death of Chesapeake City employee George Harris. I regularly travel down Johnstown Road in Chesapeake with my family and this accident hits close to home.

The news reports indicate that a suspect, allegedly violating parole in another state, was fleeing from the police in a car when he rear-ended another vehicle before colliding with the Chesapeake Waste Management truck driven by Mr. Harris. He was stopped earlier for not having a valid inspection sticker.

The suspect was charged with second-degree murder.  It is our sincere hope that Mr. Harris’s family finds some degree of comfort and closure as a result of any criminal prosecutor against the suspect.

Chesapeake Trash Truck Driver Was Killed

Chesapeake Trash Truck Driver Was Killed on Johnstown Road

In tragic situations such as this, and in addition to any criminal charges, the surviving family of someone likely has a right to additional sue the suspect under Virginia’s Death by Wrongful Act Statute.  This Virginia Act allows certain family members to seek compensation for their sorrow and anguish, as well as loss of companionship, comfort, and guidance, including other elements of losses and damages such as funeral expenses.

While it goes without saying that there is no amount of money that could ever account for the loss of Mr. Harris’s life, tragedies such as this are often compounded by a lack of insurance coverage.  There is a good chance the other driver had no insurance or the Virginia minimum limits of merely $25,000 to pay for a death.  This is why we always emphasize the importance of carrying ample uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage.

In all likelihood, however, the City of Chesapeake maintains a substantial uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage policy on the waste management truck to protect its employees and their family members for these exact situations.

Our website contains amble information about underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage if you would like to leave more about how it can protect you.  Again, while no amount of money can account for a life, it is our hope a sufficient insurance policy is in place to at least compensation this family for their loss in the context of a civil wrongful death claim.

If you have lost a loved one or been hurt in a crash in Hampton Roads, please call our Chesapeake wrongful death lawyers at (757) 455-0077.

Bill O'Mara

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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

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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