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Wrong Way Driver Crash Kills Motorist, Injures Woman in New Kent

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Wrong Way Driver Crash Kills Motorist, Injures Woman in New Kent

Head-on collisions are the most serious type of wreck we see on the highways of Virginia. I was saddened to read how another head-on crash claimed the life of a man from Virginia Beach in New Kent and seriously injured a woman. Alcohol was thought to be a possible cause of the crash caused by a wrong way driver, police said.

The Virginia Gazette reported that one person was killed and another was seriously injured after the head-on crash on Monday in the westbound lanes of I-64 near mile marker 218 in New Kent.

wrong way crash in new Kent killed one and injured a woman

The wreck of the Sebring on I-64 after the wrong way crash (Virginia State Police)

Police said a Chrysler Sebring was traveling east in the westbound lanes of I-64 at about 11:45 p.m. when it struck a minivan head-on, according to a Virginia State Police news release.

Police identified the driver of the Sebring as James C. Pavlikowski, 25, of Virginia Beach. He was not wearing a seatbelt, and died at the wreck scene, police said.

The woman who was driving the minivan was taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, in Richmond for the treatment of serious injuries. I hope she makes a full recovery. Police said she was wearing a seat belt. There were no passengers in either vehicle, police confirmed.

State Trooper C. Neece, police said police considered alcohol a factor in this crash.

West Point Volunteer Fire Department and New Kent Fire-Rescue responded to the scene.

This is not the first fatal wrong way driver crash in Virginia in recent months. These accidents involve considerable force and are often fatal.

There are a number of causes of wrong way crashes but alcohol is responsible for about 60 percent of them. These kinds of crashes are also more likely to occur at night.

A study carried out a few years ago in Virginia found the death rate for these accidents is 27 times high than the rate for other accidents.

If you are seriously injured by a wrong way driver, you likely have grounds for filing a lawsuit against that driver’s insurance policy. If the driver is drunk, you may make a claim for additional damages in some circumstances.

Nothing in this blog constitutes legal advice. We offer free and confidential consultation and can come to your home or hospital bed. Call us today at (757) 455-0077.

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

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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