I was saddened and shocked to read about the death of a famous Civil War historian and author in a car crash in Richmond.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported on the death of celebrated author Elizabeth Brown Pryor.
Richmond police said the investigation into the Monday afternoon collision in the 4400 block of Grove Ave. is ongoing. Pryor’s silver Audi was struck from behind in a high-speed collision that hospitalized the other driver. His condition was not immediately available.
Pryor, 64, lived in the 3200 block of Grove Avenue. She was described as a “highly regarded Civil War historian” who recently shared the Lincoln Prize for “Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee through his Private Letters.” Pryor moved to Richmond five years ago in 2010, according to the University of Richmond. She was listed as a Course Leader at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on the UR website.
Media reports said she was celebrated for her portraying a detailed sense of history’s human side, from the humane burial of Civil War dead to introspective assessments of Civil War generals.
My thoughts are with the family of Ms. Prior after this sad loss. I see numerous accidents in Virginia in which excess speed claims lives.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found excess speed is the cause of almost a third of fatal crashes on the roads of the United States.“In 2013, speeding was a factor in 29 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths. Speeding has been a factor in about 30 percent of crash deaths since 2004,” a recent report stated.
The definition of speeding includes crashes in which the driver was issued a traffic citation for speeding or in which driver-related factors indicated speed as a factor such as driving too fast for conditions, racing or exceeding the posted speed limit.
Driving at a high speed can be particularly dangerous in urban areas such as Richmond and Hampton Roads where traffic is likely to stop suddenly. When a driver or a passenger is killed by excess speed family members often have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the insurer of the at-fault driver. No amount of money can make up for the loss of a loved one but often a death can cause financial hardship. See our information about what you can claim for in a wrongful death lawsuit in Virginia. Contact Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 for a free consultation.