A 19-year-old Williamsburg, Virginia, woman died on October 13 in a one-car accident near Colonial Parkway. The accident is still under investigation, but according to the Virginia State Police, reckless driving caused the fatality.
The Virginia Pilot reports that the motorist ran off the road and hit a cement pillar. She was taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center, where she died. A passenger in her vehicle was airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with serious injuries.
The tragic accident occurred on Penniman Road (Route 143) near the James City County/York County line. The Injury Board notes that based on a 2008 York County Virginia Transportation Safety Plan, Penniman Road has the third-highest crash rate of any location in the county, with 23 crashes from 2004 to 2006, and with a “crash rate” of 1.49. The York County report asserts that the crash rate is a measure of the relative danger of a roadway and a particularly useful statistic for identifying dangerous intersections. The crash rate is calculated by the Virginia Department of Transportation for all roadways and roadway segments under its jurisdiction based on each segment’s length, the amount of traffic it carries, and the number of accidents.
Sadly, accidents brought about by reckless drivers cause serious injuries and death as well as property damage every day across the state of Virginia.
If you–or someone you love–have been injured in an automobile accident in Virginia, do not hesitate to get in touch with the Personal Injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C., Toll Free 877-544-5323, for a no-obligation consultation.