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Waverly Police Car Hit and Killed Pedestrian Antonio T. Green

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Waverly Police Car Hit and Killed Pedestrian Antonio T. Green

Every year, hundreds of people are killed by police cars and other emergency vehicles on the highways of America. I was saddened to read about how a Waverly police car hit and killed 47-year-old Antonio T. Green in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Virginia State Police reported the crash happened around 1:50 a.m. at the intersection of Route 460 and Route 40 in the town of Waverly near Wakefield.

Initial information released by investigators suggested the Waverly police officer was traveling east on 460 when the officer hit a person in the roadway. State police later identified the man killed as Antonio T. Green, of Waverly.

Antonio L Green is killed by a police cruiser

Antonio L Green is killed by a police car

 

Our thoughts are with the family of Antonio T. Green. Route 460 is a dangerous major highway. Traffic here is often fast-moving and parts of the highway suffer from poor lighting.

The death of Mr. Green is the latest in a long series of pedestrian fatalities. Last week in Norfolk, police arrested a driver for alleged hit and run crash after a walker was killed on St Pauls Boulevard.

Pedestrians and other drivers have lost their lives in crashes with police vehicles in Hampton Roads.

Last year the driver of a Toyota Prius was killed in an accident involving a police officer responding to an incident in Ghent in Norfolk.

In many circumstances, police officers responding to emergency calls for service enjoy sovereign immunity. They can only be held liable for wrongdoing if their actions amounted to gross negligence. 

This is a considerably higher standard of negligence than the one generally applicable to citizen motorists.  A person injured in a situation when a police car is responding to an incident with its flashing lights and sirens on may have little luck suing a city.

However, in the event of a police officer being immune in a personal injury claim, an injured person may be able to financially recover from his or her uninsured motorist insurance policy.

Every year more than 100 people are killed in accidents in the United States involving fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars, states the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

In 2012, for examples, official figures show 34 people lost their lives in crashes involving ambulances, 14 in crashes involving fire trucks and 83 in wrecks involving police cruisers.

In a recent article, EMS World alluded to a “dearth of information about ambulance wrecks.” The article stated in 2010, there were more than 250 ambulance crashes that were recorded in the United States. The article speculated many were going unreported.

If you have been hurt in a crash in Hampton Roads please call our Virginia car accident injury lawyers at (757) 455-0077.

Griff O'Hanlon

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