We are deeply saddened to read about the deaths of three people on one of the most notorious roads in Virginia Beach. A deadly Shore Drive crash killed the occupants of two cars on Tuesday.
Virginia Beach Police said first responders were called to Shore Drive, just past Diamond Springs Road, around 9:40 a.m. on Tuesday. A preliminary investigation established a BMW going east on Shore Drive lost control. It crossed the median and ended up in the path of a Hyundai going westbound.
Police said the Hyundai struck the passenger side of the BMW. The driver of the Hyundai and a passenger in the BMW were pronounced dead at the accident scene, according to Virginia Beach Police. The driver of the BMW was taken to a local hospital and later died of serious injuries.
Linda Kuehn, a spokeswoman from Virginia Beach Police, said Shore Drive was closed eastbound at Diamond Springs after this crash. Westbound traffic was diverted onto Helicopter Drive to Jack Frost Road and then to Northampton Boulevard.
The identities of the people who lost their lives will not be released until 24 hours after next-of-kin have been notified, police say. Our thoughts are with the relatives of those who died in this tragedy.
The deadly Shore Drive crash happened on another day of heavy rain in Hampton Roads. A flood warning was issued for Virginia Beach through 4:30 p.m. It’s not clear if bad weather contributed to this terrible accident.
In a recent blog post, we noted the dangers of driving in wet weather in Hampton Roads. Hydroplaning is a serious hazard after heavy rain. A film of water on the road can cause motorists to lose control of their cars.
Deadly Shore Drive Crash is the Latest Tragedy
Shore Drive has a terrible reputation for deadly accidents. In recent years, the City of Virginia Beach has sought to improve the road by reducing speeds and installing other safety measures.
This road in Virginia Beach contains many restaurants and other businesses as well as residential areas and sees repeated serious accidents. Three years ago, a car struck a median and crashed into trees on Shore Drive, killing a driver and badly injuring a passenger.
The death of a pedestrian on Shore Drive in 2015 renewed the debate about the adequacy of crosswalk provision on this lethal road.
Despite the lowering of the speed limit on Shore Drive, dips, and curves and poor lighting continue to lead to accidents. The cause of the latest accident remains unclear but wet weather, speed and the nature of Shore Drive are a lethal combination.
Virginia Beach police told local media channels there were no fewer than seven deadly accidents on the stretch of Shore Drive from Atlantic Avenue to the Lesner Bridge from 2013 to 2016.
Local residents have repeatedly warned new safety measures failed to prevent motorists speeding on Shore Drive.
Deadly Shore Drive in Virginia Beach remains one of the most lethal roads in Virginia. If you have lost a loved one on Shore Drive, you should hire an experienced Virginia Beach injury lawyer to fight for justice. No amount of money can make up for the loss of a loved one, but families who suffer a bereavement face mounting expenses and the loss of an income. Call our personal injury lawyers today at (757) 455-0077.