Driver is Charged Over Death of Child Cyclist in Kill Devil Hills, NC
Accidents that claim the lives of pedestrians and cyclists are invariably tragic, but they are particularly upsetting when the victim is a child.
This week WAVY.com reported on how the driver of the SUV that hit a 12-year-old girl from the Outer Banks of North Carolina in November has been charged by police.
The woman is reported to be now facing a misdemeanor charge of death by motor vehicle and failing to stop at a red light after she hit the child last month at the intersection of Veterans Drive and Oceans Bay Boulevard in Kill Devil Hills.
As an attorney who represents clients in North Carolina, I am familiar with this area which is in a residential area away from the fast-moving and dangerous NC 158.
The child was reported to be crossing the intersection on her bicycle at the same time that the SUV ran a red light at that intersection. She was flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital but later died. The driver who hit the child is scheduled to make her first appearance in court on Feb. 16.
The death of a child is one of the most heartbreaking things a family can come to terms with, and my thoughts are with the family of this deceased girl after this terrible accident. If you lose a child to a driver who runs a red light, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver’s insurance policy. You can make a claim for some losses that you have suffered. It goes without saying that legal action may be the last thing you will want to think about after losing a child. An experienced personal injury attorney will handle the negotiations with the insurance company.
We see far too many accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists in Hampton Roads and north eastern North Carolina. Just this week police said a pedestrian died in Chesapeake after being hit by a car.
Police say the crash happened on Canal Drive and South Military Highway around 9:40 p.m. on Thursday. Police found a responsive man at the scene where he was pronounced dead. The driver who hit him stayed at the scene and had not been charged, say Chesapeake police.
There are clear rules in Virginia and North Carolina about pedestrian rights as well as the rights of cyclists. For more information see our page on accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists.
If you have lost a loved one in Virginia or North Carolina, call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.007 or see CooperHurley.com.