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York County Hit-and-Run Wreck Claims the Life of Doris Jean Wright

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York County Hit-and-Run Wreck Claims the Life of Doris Jean Wright

It’s always despicable when a driver causes a wreck and leaves the scene. It’s even worse when someone dies due to their actions. I am appalled to read about the York County hit-and-run that claimed the life of an 81-year-old woman overnight.

Police are today seeking a driver who fled the scene of a deadly three-vehicle wreck in York County. The accident occurred on busy Denbigh Boulevard just east of Route 17 as weather conditions deteriorated on Wednesday night.

Police have provided some details of this fatal York County hit-and-run. The driver of a 2015 Chrysler 300 was heading east on Denbigh Boulevard. The Chrysler suddenly veered into the westbound lanes. It sideswiped a 1998 Lincoln Town Car and a 1996 Ford Ranger.

York County hit-and-run is fatal

Head-on crashes are the most deadly wrecks we see on the roads of Virginia. Although this wreck involved a side impact, it forced the 81-year-old driver, Doris Jean Wright, off the road and into a ditch. She suffered critical injuries and died later at Mary Immaculate Hospital.

Our thoughts are with the family of this woman from Gloucester in the aftermath of this tragic wreck. It’s even worse that the at-fault driver appears to have fled the accident scene.

Police say the impact caused the Lincoln to spin out of control. It ended up in the middle of the road.

The hunt is on for the driver of the Chrysler, who police say fled the scene. Virginia State Police said Newport News K-9 units were mobilized to assist in the search.

Fatal York County Hit-and-Run – A School is Locked Down

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office reported a possible sighting of the hit-and-run suspect on Tuesday morning. It noted on its Facebook page that a modified lockdown was requested at the nearby Grafton School complex.

The sheriff’s office said there was no reason to believe the suspect was armed or dangerous.

The wreck led to a long road closure on Denbigh Boulevard. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) reported the road was closed and a detour in place until just before 8 a.m. Tuesday.

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we help the families of many people who are killed in hit-and-run crashes. Many others are injured. Recently a highway worker was hurt by a hit-and-run driver on I-64 in Norfolk.

Hit-and-run drivers receive the full force of the criminal law if they have knowingly fled an accident scene. A lawsuit can also be brought against their insurance policies when they were at fault for a wreck. To find out more, contact our Virginia personal injury attorneys at (757) 455-0077. We have a main office in Norfolk. We have client meeting locations in Hampton and Newport News on the Peninsula and in the other cities of Hampton Roads.

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 Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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