Did A Red Light Runner Cause The Death of a Child in Park Place, Norfolk?
Red light runners cause death, injury and untold misery on the streets of Hampton Roads.
As an investigation continued into a horrific crash in Norfolk’s Park Place neighborhood that claimed the life of a nine-year-old boy and left a seven-year-old with critical injuries on Monday, media reports suggested a red light runner may have been to blame.
Officers were called to the accident scene at the intersection of W. 27th St. and Llewellyn Ave., just after 5 p.m. on Monday. They found a pick-up truck had hit a minivan. Two children in the van were ejected into the street. Tragically, the nine-year-old was later reported to have died and a seven-year-old is in a critical condition at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD).
According to police reports, the minivan had been traveling westbound down W. 27th Street when a pick-up truck traveling southbound on Llewellyn Avenue kept on going through the intersection and hit the van. After the collision between the van and the pick-up, the van hit a utility pole. Eyewitnesses reported seeing two kids on the ground.
WAVY.com reported the comments of a driver who was behind the pick-up on Llewellyn Avenue. He claimed the pick-up truck went through a red light and did not brake at all. He said the driver of the truck did not appear to be paying attention. The pick-up truck driver and a passenger in the truck were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Police are investigating this tragic incident. Police say they do not believe that alcohol was a contributing factor in the accident.
Red light running is a very serious cause of accidents in Hampton Roads where there are numerous intersections. While the cities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News and Chesapeake, have fitted red light enforcement cameras at some intersections, these only represent a fraction of intersections in these busy cities.
We have represented many people who have been seriously injured by red light runners as well as the families of those who have been killed. Recently we helped a man in his 20s who suffered brain damage when he was hit by a red light runner in Virginia Beach. While all cases are different and we cannot guarantee the same result in another case, we were able to negotiate an $815,000 settlement for this young man in mediation.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) estimated that red-light running caused 762 deaths in 2008. Every year as many as 165,000 people are hurt by red-light runners. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that half of the people who lose their lives in red-light running crashes are not the red light runners. They are drivers, passengers, cyclists or pedestrians hit by red-light runners.
Our thoughts are with the child who is fighting for his life and with his family. If you or a loved one has been hurt due to the fault of another driver, call us today for a free consultation at 757.455.0077.