Crash on Williamsburg’s Pocahontas Trail Leaves Katherine Bakken Critically Injured
I was saddened to read about how a Williamsburg woman sustained life-threatening injuries and her 8-year-old son was hospitalized, after she was hit by a van near Busch Gardens this week.
Police reported the accident on Wednesday evening on Pocahontas Trail near Busch Gardens in Williamsburg.
The Virginia Gazette reported how at about 7:30 p.m., a 2009 Toyota Prius driven by Katherine Bakken, 51, was heading west on Pocahontas Trail. The Prius was making a left-hand turn onto Busch Way, according to Virginia State Police. As the Prius made its turn, it was hit by an eastbound 2000 Ford Econoline van, driven by a 27-year-old from Williamsburg.
Police said Bakken’s 8-year-old son was in a booster seat in the rear of the Prius. The van driver’s 19-year-old brother was also in the van.
Ms. Bakken suffered injuries that were life-threatening and she was taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News where she was reported to be in a critical condition as of Thursday evening.
Ms. Bakken’s 8-year-old son was taken to Riverside Doctors’ Hospital for treatment of injuries that were described as non -life threatening. The van driver and his brother suffered minor injuries. Police said neither was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash, Virginia State Police said. An investigation into the accident continues, and it is unclear if any charges will be filed.
Many accidents take place when cars are making turns. Often a driver may be going too fast and end up hitting a car that’s making a turn, although the circumstances of this crash remain unclear.
If you are seriously injured on the roads of Virginia due to the fault of another driver, you will often have grounds to file a claim against the insurance policy of the at-fault driver. You and your family may be left out of pocket by a serious auto accident. You can face massive medical expenses and lose income from time off work.
Hiring an experienced Virginia auto accident attorney, can save you the trouble of dealing with insurance companies that are intent on limiting the amount of money you can recover.
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