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An elderly woman died on the night of March 13 in York County, Virginia in a three vehicle hit and run crash, the Virginia State Police stated earlier this month.

The 81 year old who died in the car accident was Doris J. Wright from Gloucester, Virginia. She died when a 2015 Chrysler 300 going eastbound on Denbigh Blvd. swerved into westbound lanes and hit Wright’s 1996 Ford Ranger as well as a 1998 Lincoln Town Car.

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Wright suffered serious injuries in the hit and run crash and died at nearby Mary Immaculate Hospital. The Town Car spun out of control and stopped on the road. The driver of the Chrysler drove into a ditch and exited the crash scene on foot.

Newport News, Virginia police dogs were brought in to find the suspect, but as of press time, he had not been found. The state police still are looking for the driver.

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Fatal hit and run crashes are increasing across the country, with 1274 in 2009 to 1449 in 2011. 

Virginia has very complex laws that govern what we are supposed to do if we are involved in a car accident. ‘Hit and run,’ or leaving the scene of an accident is a serious crime, especially if the crash resulted in death or serious injury. In that case, the usual charge in Virginia is felony hit and run.

Virginia state law in 46.2-894 states that the driver of any vehicle who is involved in a car accident with death or serious injury must immediately stop as close as possible to the accident scene as can be done safely. He or she must provide their name, address, driver’s license information, and license plate to the state police or local law enforcement, to the person struck if he or she is alive and able to understand, or to another driver or occupant. Violating this statute is a Class 5 felony.

People who are convicted of felony hit and run in Virginia will face serious jail time. Additionally, they can be held liable in a civil wrongful death lawsuit. Our Virginia wrongful death attorneys have a strong record of helping grieving families to recover from emotional and financial devastation by winning large wrongful death lawsuits that can exceed $3 million or more in some cases.

Our personal injury attorneys in Virginia helped the family of a driver who was killed by a tractor trailer driver to recover millions in damages. The deceased, a 25 year old man, died in a fiery crash on I-64 in Norfolk when he was rear ended by the big rig.

We are glad that we are able to help grieving families to receive additional justice through the successful resolution of wrongful death lawsuits, where negligence was involved on the part of an individual and/or company.


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