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Veterinarian Denise Gorondy Suffers Head Injury After Being Hit Jogging in Hanover, VA

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Veterinarian Denise Gorondy Suffers Head Injury After Being Hit Jogging in Hanover, VA

In June, Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers is taking a closer look at the safety of pedestrians and cyclists in Virginia. That goes for joggers too. We were horrified to read about a veterinarian who suffered a brain injury after she was hit by an SUV while out jogging.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Denise Gorondy, was hit by an SUV while she was jogging on Sunday in Hanover County. The doctor with Three Oaks Equine Veterinary Services in Goochland had surgery at VCU Medical Center to prevent bleeding on her brain, stated Hanover County Sheriff's Office.

She is reported to be still in intensive care and is being kept sedated until the swelling of her brain goes down. She has now been taken off a ventilator and is breathing on her own.

joggers are often hit by cars

Joggers are vulnerable on the roads of Virginia

I was very concerned to read the report and my thoughts are with Ms. Gorondy and her family. Brain injuries can involve many complications. A traumatic head injury can be permanent. We hope she makes a full recovery.

Reports stated that Gorondy was struck while she was jogging in the 17200 block of Dunns Chapel Road in Montpelier. It’s a popular area for joggers so there is absolutely no excuse not to look out for them.

A bicyclist found Gorondy conscious and lying about 15 feet away from the road surface around 7 a.m. Sunday, police said.

A 23-year-old driver from Rockville, is accused of crashing into Gorondy with a Toyota RAV 4 and then fleeing the scene. He is facing charges of felony hit-and-run and reckless driving and has been released from the Pamunkey Regional Jail on a $5,000 bond, according to jail records.  

When a large vehicle such as an SUV hits a walker, a cyclist or a runner, the consequences are often serious for the victim. When the carelessness, negligence or recklessness is compounded by a driver fleeing the scene, it adds insult to injury.

Our Virginia pedestrian accident lawyers see numerous examples of drivers fleeing the scene of a wreck. They often have something to hide. There’s never any excuse for leaving an accident scene, even if the wreck leads to only minor injuries.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured on the highways of Virginia, you should consider talking to us about your options. Call for a confidential and free consultation at (757) 455-0077.

Bill O'Mara


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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

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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