Newport News Car Accident Lawyer Report – Wrong Way Driver Hits Seven Cars at Monitor Merrimac Bridge
A wrong way driver caused chaos on the Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel between Newport News and Suffolk, striking seven other vehicles, according to Virginia State police.
I am relieved to report as an experienced Newport News car accident injury attorney, that no motorists were injured in this terrifying incident shortly before midnight on July 30, 2012.
Sgt. Michelle Anaya of Virginia State Police said a 2006 Toyota Tacoma was traveling south on I-664 in the northbound lanes across the Monitor Merrimac towards the Suffolk Inspection booth.
“The driver, Robert Charles Madden, Jr. of Post Street, Newport News, struck seven vehicles,” she said.
Minor damage was caused to cars and there were no injuries sustained. He began to head back north towards the Monitor Merrimac.
“Two troopers attempted several times to stop and block Mr. Madden and his vehicle. Mr. Madden struck both state police vehicles several times,” Anaya said. Once again there was minor to vehicles but no injuries before the troopers finally stopped the driver at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Dresden Drive, in the City of Newport News.
Madden has been charged in Suffolk with 8 counts of Hit and Run, and one count of reckless driving.
He has been charged with in Newport News with DUI, reckless driving, eluding, damage to state property, and felony hit and run.
Wrong way drivers can often cause serious injury and death. Our Virginia Beach car accident lawyers described how a wrong way driver claimed two lives in West Virginia in March, 2012.
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