SUV Driver Died in Suffolk When Vehicle Overturned
We are saddened to read about an accident this weekend when an SUV driver died in Suffolk and a passenger was seriously injured.
The fatal accident occurred on Sunday in the 5000 block of Holland Road. Officials said emergency communications were notified of the wreck at 4 p.m.
A report on WAVY.com noted the SUV overturned on the road and the driver was ejected from the vehicle. The driver was pronounced deceased at the accident scene. The SUV passenger was airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with serious injuries.
Police closed down the eastbound lanes of Holland Road and westbound traffic merged to the right lane. The roadway remained closed for several hours after the crash.
Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased and the injured passenger after this horrendous crash.
Rollover crashes are the most dangerous types of accident on the highways of Hampton Roads. They are more likely to be fatal than head-on collisions.
Rollover crash incidents are often very complicated according to SaferCar.org. The severity of these accidents in Virginia depends on the speed of the crash. About 40 percent of crashes involve excess speed. Nearly three-quarters of rollover accidents occur on roads where the posted speed limit is 55 miles-per-hour or higher.
Vehicle make is also a factor. High-sided vehicles like SUVs are more likely to feature in rollover accidents.
SUVs, pickups, and vans have a higher center of gravity and are more likely to rollover if involved in a single-vehicle crash.
Alcohol is a cause of many serious rollover accidents. Nearly half of fatal rollover crashes involve drunk driving. Even a small amount of alcohol can affect your judgment.
Recently, Virginia State Police charged a woman after two children were ejected and injured in an SUV in a crash on Interstate 64 in Hampton. The woman was charged with reckless driving, failure to maintain proper control of vehicle, and driving with no insurance.
A report on WAVY.com noted the woman who was driving a 2004 Ford Expedition west on I-64 attempted to avoid traffic that was braking suddenly but crashed into a 2005 Mercedes-Benz
The Ford Expedition overturned during the crash, ejecting two of three children. The driver and the children were taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News.
The accident in which the SUV driver died in Suffolk was not the only fatal wreck during a tragic weekend in Hampton Roads.
The mother of a 12-year-old boy who died in a car wreck on Saturday evening in Newport News was later charged with driving under the influence in connection to the crash, according to police.
Police were called to the 1100 block of Old Denbigh Boulevard at 6:38 p.m. on Saturday for a two-vehicle accident.
A 31-year-old mother who was driving a gray Toyota Camry was hit by a black Nissan Maxima after failing to yield at a stop sign, WAVY.com reported.
Also in Newport News, two teen pedestrians were hit and injured by a vehicle on Main Street and Jefferson Avenue, Sunday morning.
In Elizabeth City in North Carolina, two people died in what police say was an alleged drunk driving crash. Ramona Finney and Michael Tazewell were in a 2008 Dodge Avenger when their vehicle collided with a 2016 Chevy Silverado. They were killed at Halstead Boulevard Extension and Ridgefield Drive. The driver of the Chevy was later charged with drunk driving.
Our thoughts are with the families of all of those who lost their lives on the highways of Hampton Roads this weekend. If you lost a loved one in an auto wreck or were injured, please call our injury lawyers at (757) 455-0077.