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Woman is Killed in Head-on Wreck on Interstate 81 in Roanoke County

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Woman is Killed in Head-on Wreck on Interstate 81 in Roanoke County

Head-on accidents are often very serious and fatal due to the forces involved. This month, a driver on Interstate 81 in Roanoke County, Virginia was killed when another car crossed the median.

I was saddened to read about the death of Hannah Hochstetler, 26, of Jackson, Mississippi. She was driving on I-81 when she was hit by a Jeep Liberty. She died at the accident scene.

Virginia State Police said a 72-year-old man from Oklahoma was charged with reckless driving in the wake of the fatal crash on Jan. 19.

They said the man was driving a 2002 Jeep Liberty North on I-81 when he lost control of the SUV. He ran off the left side of the roadway. His Jeep crossed the median and struck Ms. Hochstetler who was driving a 1999 Honda Civic traveling southbound.

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The driver who caused the wreck was wearing a seatbelt. He was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment. The Oklahoma man was subsequently charged with reckless driving.

Hochstetler was wearing a seatbelt. Caleb Hochstetler, a passenger in the Honda, was wearing his seatbelt. He was also taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Media reports said Virginia Accident Reconstruction assisted with the investigation.

The crash occurred near mile marker 134 between Salem and Dixie Caverns. Traffic was backed up for six miles.

It’s always tragic when young lives are lost due to the fault of another driver in Virginia. A report in Mennonite World Review said Hannah Hochstetler was a co-leader of the Mennonite Mission Network Service Adventure unit in Jackson, Miss.

Caleb Hochstetler was reported to be her husband. He was still being treated for injuries sustained in the crash.

The report contained a quote from Susan Nisly, director of Service Adventure. She said:

“Hannah was a truly beautiful soul. I met Hannah and Caleb a year ago and will never forget the smile that lit up her face when I told her we were opening a new unit in Jackson. It was at that moment that I knew they were going to be a wonderful addition to Service Adventure.”

Reckless and careless driving wreck lives. Long trips on interstates can be tiresome but you should make sure to retain your concentration and take regular breaks.

If you have lost a loved one in a wreck in Virginia, please call our Commonwealth of Virginia wrongful death lawyers. Call us at (757) 455-0077 for a free consultation.

John Cooper

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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 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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