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.

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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. WAVY.com 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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