Walker is Killed on Mercury Boulevard in Hampton

Many of the cities of Hampton Roads are incredibly pedestrian-unfriendly. They lack crosswalks and there are few sidewalks. There are wide urban freeways that present challenges to pedestrians.

I was saddened to read about how another pedestrian has died in Hampton, this time on Mercury Boulevard.

Mercury Boulevard is one of those fast-moving urban freeways that are hard to cross. Cars and trucks often drive too fast on Mercury Boulevard and it lacks pedestrian-friendly features.

We don’t know the circumstances of the death on Tuesday night. Police said they were called to West Mercury Boulevard in Hampton just before 8 p.m. to reports of a man lying by the side of the road. He was subsequently declared dead.

A dark-colored Chevrolet SUV was heading east on the I-64 off ramp onto Mercury Boulevard when the pedestrian was hit, the Daily Press reported.

The driver was not injured. He stayed at the accident scene. Hampton Police Division’s crash reconstruction team is reported to be investigating this incident. Police would not say if the driver would be charged.

Our thoughts are with the family of this man who lost his life. Hampton and Newport News are notoriously unfriendly cities for walkers. Every year, we read about pedestrians being injured and killed on Jefferson Avenue in Newport News.

I have written about these regular accidents on Jefferson Avenue and filmed videos.  In 2015,  a 64-year-old man was killed near Ellen Drive when he stumbled and fell into the right traffic lane of Jefferson Avenue where he was hit by a car.

In 2016, a popular janitor at Woodside High School in Newport News was struck and killed at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Shields Road. 

In June 2016 a walker was killed in Hampton. Police found him lying in the road at the intersection of Big Bethel Road and Village Drive.

If you are crossing these roads, always look for a sidewalk and make sure the highway is clear. You should be aware that traffic on highways like Jefferson Avenue and Mercury Boulevard may be traveling faster than you believe. If you are crossing at a light make sure to wait for the walking sign to appear.

When there are sidewalks in your neighborhood, you should always use them.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a pedestrian accident, please call our Hampton pedestrian accident team at (757) 455-0077. We also represent families in wrongful death pedestrian claims. We have a meeting location in Peninsula Town Center in Hampton and at the City Center at Oyster Point in Newport News. We can also come to you.

Jim Hurley

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