Two Car Wreck on Route 58 in Suffolk Claims the Life of Eric Zivan Brown

A two-car wreck on Route 58 in Suffolk over the weekend proved to be fatal after one of the motorists involved passed away less than 48 hours later.

We were saddened to read about the death of Eric Zivan Brown, a 21-year-old from Suffolk. Brown was hurt in a two-vehicle wreck on Route 58 in Suffolk at about 12:40 p.m. Saturday.

A report on stated he was airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with serious injuries. He passed away on Monday morning.

Brown was driving an Acura. Police said it hit a minivan and ended up in a wooded area off Route 58. Police images showed the car in the trees. Brown was ejected during the crash.

Police said four occupants of the minivan, two adults, and two juveniles, were not injured.

fatal wreck on Route 58 in Suffolk

The Acura ended up in trees off Route 58 (City of Suffolk)

The Downtown Suffolk exit on Route 58 westbound was closed, and traffic was detoured to the 58 Bypass beginning at 10 a.m. Monday as a police reconstruction team investigated the fatal wreck. The closure lasted for several hours.

The cause of the fatal wreck remains under investigation, police said.

Suffolk has seen a series of fatal accidents in the last few weeks. On Christmas Day, a woman who got out of her car after a crash on Whaleyville Boulevard was hit by a truck and killed.

The number of fatal accidents has fallen over the last four decades in the United States. Every year, about 30,000 people lose their lives on our highways. There were 700 road deaths in Virginia in 2014.

The steady decrease in traffic fatalities was dramatically reversed in 2015 and 2016, reported the New York Times. In the first six months of 2016, highway deaths jumped more than 10 percent.

The rise in 2015 was the highest percentage increase in road deaths in 50 years. The figure comes at a time when distracted driving is also on the rise.

Controversially, Snapchat allows motorists to pose photos that record the speed of a vehicle. Waze rewards drivers with points when they report accidents and delays.

The Pokemon Go craze in 2016 was also associated with an increase in distracted driving crashes.

If you have lost a loved one on the highways of Suffolk, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach or elsewhere in the Commonwealth, another driver could be to blame. People who are grieving often do not want to deal with the legal aspects of a death. Our wrongful death attorneys will take over all of the complicated legal work. There will be no fee unless we make a recovery. Call us at (757) 455-0077 for a free consultation.

John Cooper

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