Earlier this week my colleague Jim Hurley wrote about a serious accident in which a motorcyclist sustained critical injuries when he was hit by a red light runner in Newport News.
I was saddened to read today of the death of the motorcyclist – Francis Henry Kroll of Madison Avenue in Newport News. My thoughts are with his family at this tragic time.
Holly McPherson of the Newport News Police Department said Mr. Kroll was pronounced dead around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday night at the hospital.
He died two days after a crash on Jefferson Avenue and 74th Street on Monday. The Virginian-Pilot reported on how Mr. Kroll’s Harley Davidson was struck by a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am traveling northbound on Jefferson Avenue which ran through a red light. The Pontiac was being driven by a 58-year-old woman.
Mr. Kroll was turning left onto Jefferson Avenue from 74th Street. Jefferson Avenue in Newport News sees many accidents in which drivers run red lights. Time and time again we see instances in which drivers fail to see motorcyclists making turns.
McPherson said a crash reconstruction team will be conferring with the Commonwealth Attorney’s office about charges against the female driver.
In a case like this the driver would also likely face a wrongful death lawsuit brought against her insurance policy by the family of the motorcyclist.
A wrongful death lawsuit can secure compensation for a number of key areas including:
Health insurance and other work benefits
Projected future income of the deceased
Loss of future financial contribution
A loss of the value of services to the family
Call our Virginia wrongful death lawyers at 757.455.0077 for a free and confidential consultation or see CooperHurley.com.