Fatal T-bone crash in Yorktown Claims the Life of a 75-Year-old Man
Side impact crashes often cause serious injuries. We were saddened to read about a fatal T-bone crash in Yorktown that left a 75-year-old man dead.
The fatality was reported after a three-vehicle crash on Monday afternoon. Police responded to the accident scene on Route 17, just north of Goosley Road at 4:50 p.m.
Police say 75-year-old man who lived on the 1200 block of Dandy Loop Road in Yorktown was on Route 17. He attempted to turn onto Colonial Parkway in his Lexus but failed yield right of way.
The man was T-boned by a 2008 Chevrolet Uplander, causing his vehicle to spin around in the road and strike a 2015 Dodge Caravan stopped at a stop sign.
All three of the drivers were reportedly out of their vehicles by the time police arrived. The 75-year-old man, the driver of the Chevrolet, and two passengers inside the Chevrolet were taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
When the investigating trooper approached the elderly man to cite him for causing the crash, the trooper learned he had died from his injuries. Neither speed nor the consumption of alcohol were factors in this deadly crash.
Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased man. This fatal T-bone crash in Yorktown illustrates the dangers of failing to yield right of way when you are entering a busy highway.
T-bone crashes often cause very serious injuries because the side of a car offers less protection than the front or the back. Every year, side impact collisions kill and injure thousands of people in the United States. Some estimates put the annual death toll as high as 10,000 people.
Intersections are the most common places for T-bone accidents to occur. A failure to stop at a stop sign, yield right of way, or to stop at a red light, is the leading cause of T-bone accidents.
There is some evidence that older drivers may pay less attention at intersections. Three years ago, the Virginian-Pilot looked at whether older drivers pose a greater risk on the roads of Virginia.
A report by Columbia University and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found there is a therapeutic benefit to driving at an older age. Elderly people who stopped driving are almost two times more likely to suffer from depression and nearly five times as likely to end up in a long-term care facility than older people who keep driving. The study looked at adults aged 65 and over.
However, the report also found fatal accident rates rise rapidly at about the age of 70. The report makes it clear that older drivers typically travel fewer annual miles than most other age groups. They do most of their driving in urban areas.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car wreck on the Virginia Peninsula or Southside Hampton Roads due to the fault of another driver, please call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at (757) 455-0077.