Hit and runs are the most despicable of accidents I see as a personal injury lawyer. I was, appalled, but not surprised to read about an accident in Hampton in which a driver hit two men crossing a road and kept going, leaving them injured.
Hampton police say the accident took place on Christmas Eve. WAVY.com spoke to one of the victims, Jerome Lyons, who told the channel: “I don’t even want to say what I want to happen to the person who did this.”
Lyons ended up spending Christmas in the hospital with a broken leg. Lyons and a friend were reported to be walking down Shell Road in Hampton on Christmas Eve, around 7 p.m., when they came to the light at Powhatan Parkway.
“The light turned red so that was for us to cross,” Lyons said in the WAVY report. The two men looked around one last time to make sure there were no cars coming.
“We stepped off the curb into the street,” Lyons added. “The next thing I know a car was coming. I thought it was going straight and he turned real sharp and we were trying to move to the side. He just swerved into us.”
Lyons said his friend hit the back of his head in the accident. Lyons and his friend were rushed to the hospital. Both have since been released and are expected to make full recoveries.
I am relieved to read that these two men were not injured more seriously, but am appalled at the actions of this driver. Leg fractures and head injuries are potentially serious types of injury that can change your lives. Far too many drivers leave the scenes of accidents in Hampton Roads. Earlier this year, a couple was arrested over an alleged hit-and-run crash near the I-664 Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel that killed a motorcyclist.
Weeks later Newport News police sought another hit and run driver after a crash that left a motorcyclist with serious injuries on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard.
There is never any excuse for leaving an accident scene, particularly when another driver, a passenger, a child or a motorcyclist, is seriously injured. Hit and run drivers often have something to hide. They may be drunk or driving too fast or recklessly.
If you have been hurt by a hit and run driver, you should call a Hampton personal injury lawyer. Call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 or see CooperHurley.com.