Norfolk, VA Car Accident Attorney Report – Man Killed, Trooper Injured in Virginia Accident
Investigators are checking the cell phone records of a 22-year-old man as they try to find out if distracted driving was a factor in an accident in the Lynchburg area of Virginia that killed a man and injured a state trooper.
The Virginia State Police trooper was struck by a car on the U.S. 29. Trooper D.T. Wilson is recovering from his injuries at his home in Campbell County, VA.
See this video about Virginia’s “move over” law.
Alfred C. Perutelli, III, 53, of Gladstone, was not so fortunate. He was killed in the crash when both men were hit by a Nissan Altima on the bypass, the News and Advance reported.
The newspaper reported Perutelli stopped his pickup truck April 25, 2012 to gather furniture and other items that fell from the truck into the road. Wilson had stopped to help him.
“Police obtained a search warrant for the driver’s cell phone records, seeking to learn whether his phone was in use at the time of the wreck,” the News and Advance reported.
No charges have yet been filed in this case. As experienced Norfolk VA car accident injury attorneys we see too many crashes caused by distracted driving.
And troopers and emergency workers who are on the front line are frequent victims on the roads of Virginia (VA).
Recently we reported how a deputy with the Charles City County, VA sheriff’s office was killed in a crash as he responded to a traffic stop.
Virginia has a “move over law” intended to protect emergency workers. It means drivers are legally required to move into the next lane or, if that’s not possible, to slow down by 20 miles per hour when passing an emergency vehicle.
Violators face a fine of $2500 under this law that was recently extended to vehicles with yellow lights such as tow trucks.