An elderly passenger in a car lost her life and a driver was injured in an accident with an ambulance this morning in Virginia Beach.
Details remain sparse, but the wreck occurred just before 10 a.m. on Lynnhaven Parkway near the North Shopping Center, according to Virginia Beach police.
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The police department called for motorists to avoid the area if possible. Lynnhaven Parkway was shut down between Sabre Street and North Mall Drive.
Police said a Virginia Beach EMS vehicle was traveling south on Lynnhaven, when it entered the intersection of Lynnhaven and North Mall Drive.
It was involved in a collision with a black Dodge Intrepid which was making a left-hand turn onto North Mall when it was hit by the EMS vehicle. The two occupants of the Dodge Intrepid were taken to the hospital.
Police say the driver of the Dodge sustained non life-threatening injuries, while the passenger, 88-year-old Doris Virginia Baxter, was transported with life-threatening injuries. She died later at a local hospital, WAVY.com reported. My thoughts are with her family. It was not immediately clear which driver was to blame for this wreck.
Accidents involving emergency vehicles occur more commonly than we may think. Every year more than 100 people lost their lives in accidents involving fire trucks, ambulances and police cars, according to the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Although drivers may fail to give way to emergency vehicles, causing potentially dangerous situations, there have also been numerous cases in which the drivers of emergency vehicles are to blame. Last year a patient in an ambulance was killed on Route 13 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia when an ambulance driver went through a red light and struck a bus. The ambulance driver faced charges after the wreck, according to media reports.
When those behind the wheels of emergency vehicles fail to drive to the standards we expect of them, a lawsuit can be brought against the drivers and their employers. More than two years ago a $800,000 settlement was reached in the wrongful death case brought by the family of an elderly man who was killed while traveling in an ambulance that crashed in Charlottesville, VA. It turned out that the ambulance driver had been texting on his phone before the fatal crash. All cases are different and unique and we cannot guarantee the same result in any given case.
If you have been hurt in a crash with an emergency vehicle or if you have lost a loved one, call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 or see CooperHurley.com.