Child Critical After Being Hit by a Car in Kilby Avenue, Suffolk
Hampton Roads can be a very dangerous place for children. I was saddened and shocked to read about two accidents in Suffolk and Hampton this week that left children injured – in one case critically.
In Suffolk, a child was struck by a Chevrolet Cobalt in a private drive in the Saratoga neighborhood on Tuesday evening, WAVY.com reported. The four-year-old girl was later listed to be in a critical condition.
Police dispatchers received a 911 call around 5:15 p.m. about this incident in the 900 block of Kilby Avenue, Suffolk police spokeswoman Diana Klink stated. .Klink said the girl was airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Later in the evening, Klink stated the child was listed in critical condition at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, WAVY reported.
The child was hit by a 25-year-old male driver who stayed at the scene, according to investigators. Klink said the driver and child are not related and no charges had been filed as of Tuesday night.
My thoughts are with the child and her family. Drivers have a responsibility to look out for children, especially in residential neighborhoods where they are more likely to be playing.
On the same day, Hampton police said a woman and an infant were injured by a hit-and-run driver.
WAVY reported that Just after 1 p.m., the woman was walking with the baby along Hall Road when they were struck by a black Nissan truck, stated Ashley Jenrette, a spokeswoman with the Hampton Police Division.
Stacey Wright who was in a yard when the mother and her baby were hit, told WAVY they saw the mother pushing her infant girl in a stroller.
“We waved to her, and two seconds later we heard her scream, a crash and my husband took off down the road,” Wright said.
Wright said the stroller was “demolished,” in the wreck that left a sippy cup embedded into the ground.
Police later said the woman and baby’s injuries were not life-threatening. A family member of the woman who was hit told WAVY.com the mother sustained a broken wrist. He said the baby escaped with scratches on her face.
The driver left his vehicle at the scene and fled on foot, police reported, Officers later picked him up. It is unbelievable to me that a driver would hit a mother and a baby and then flee the scene, but this is what police say appears to have happened in Hampton.
If you are driving in Hampton Roads you have a responsibility to look out for children. They are more likely to be around in the late afternoons after school when the weather is getting warmer. There is never an excuse for hitting a child with your car. If you or your child has been hurt by a driver, you have a right to file a lawsuit against the insurance policy of the at-fault driver. Our personal injury attorneys have represented many clients whose children have been injured. We can advise you of your rights in a free consultation. We have an office in Norfolk and client meeting locations in five Hampton Roads cities. Call us at 757.455.0077 today.