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Wreck on Dominion Boulevard in Chesapeake Claims the Life of Robert K. Herring

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Wreck on Dominion Boulevard in Chesapeake Claims the Life of Robert K. Herring

Two deaths were reported on the highways of Hampton Roads on a wet weekend when serious accidents were reported in Chesapeake and James City County.

In Chesapeake, a man identified as Robert K. Herring, from Elizabeth City was killed in a twp-vehicle wreck that shut down a portion of S. Dominion Boulevard in Chesapeake for almost four hours on Saturday evening.

Chesapeake police said units responded to the wreck at 6:34 p.m. It involved a pickup truck and passenger car on Dominion Boulevard between Grassfield Parkway and Scenic Parkway.


The emergency services closed S. Dominion Boulevard between Scenic Parkway and Grassfield Parkway as investigators worked to clear the accident scene and to investigate. It’s not clear if Mr. Herring was in the pickup or the car. Our thoughts are with his family after this tragic crash.

The roads of Chesapeake are among the most dangerous in Hampton Roads. Busy highways like Military Highway, Battlefield Boulevard, and Dominion Boulevard are often stacked up and see numerous serious accidents.

However, Shillelagh Road is ranked as the most deadly rural highway in the City of Chesapeake, according to the Virginian-Pilot.

It’s located in the Great Bridge area. Drivers often meander to the center of this two-lane road, residents say. There are ditches and they want to avoid them. However, this practice can lead to head-on collisions. Even if the cars don’t collide, the drivers may take evasive action and end up in the ditches.

Police say alcohol may have been a factor in a deadly car wreck in James City County on Sunday.

James City County Police were called to a fatal crash in the 9200 block of Richmond Road, early Sunday. reported the driver of a Ford Fusion was heading west on Richmond Road when he left the highway and struck a tree. His car spun around and ended up landing on its roof.

Police said the 37-year-old driver from Toano was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing his seat-belt at the time of the crash. Police said alcohol was believed to be a factor in the crash.

Every year alcohol is linked to as many as a third of the fatal crashes on the roads of Virginia. Although better enforcement and education has brought down the number of alcohol-related deaths, too many people are still needlessly losing their lives.

If you have lost a loved one on the highways of Virginia due to the actions of another driver, please call our car accident injury team at (757) 455-0077.

Bill O'Mara

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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 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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