Teen is Killed in Fatal Norfolk Pedestrian Accident Before First Day of School
I was saddened to read about the death of a 14-year-old who lost his life in a fatal Norfolk pedestrian accident the night before his first day back at school.
The accident was reported at the intersection of Shoop Avenue and Peronne Avenue shortly before 8 p.m. on Monday. According to News Channel 13, police investigators said the 14-year-old was attempting to cross the street on his scooter when a car hit him. Emergency workers found the teen lying in the roadway where he died. The driver of the car stayed at the scene.
We are saddened and shocked by this fatal Norfolk pedestrian accident. Our thoughts are with the family of the teen at this tragic time.
According to media reports, the boy’s 15-year-old sister, a student at Maury High School, was shot dead in Norfolk in July. It is hard to contemplate the scale of this tragedy.
It was not clear from news reports this week whether the driver who hit the teen will be charged over his death.
Fatal Norfolk Pedestrian Accident Follows Campaign for Speed Humps
Police said alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the death of the teen. It remains to be seen if excess speed was an issue.
Neighbors told Channel 13 they asked for “speed humps” on the road to reduce violations on Shoop Avenue, but had no luck. The street was recently repaved, but humps were not in the blueprint, according to the City of Norfolk.
Notwithstanding the campaign for speed humps, people driving through residential areas have a duty to look out for children and to obey posted speed limits.
According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, 114 pedestrians were killed in Virginia in 2017. There were 1,608 pedestrian/motor vehicles crashes, 2.7 percent fewer than in 2016.
More pedestrians die on urban roads in places like Norfolk than in rural areas. Last year, 78 pedestrian deaths were recorded in urban areas. More than 1,400 pedestrians were injured on roads in the built-up areas of Virginia.
Where Do Fatal Norfolk Pedestrian Accidents Occur?
Tidewater Drive is one of the most deadly places for pedestrians in the city of Norfolk. In 2013, a man in a wheelchair was killed on a crosswalk on Tidewater Drive.
In a more recent accident, a man was struck and killed at the intersection of Norview Avenue and Tidewater Drive. He was walking on a designated crosswalk.
The intersection in question has a long track record of crashes involving cars and pedestrians and other vehicles. The city is improving safety at the intersection.
In 2017, 59-year-old James Poster was struck by a car as he attempted to cross the 7500 block of Tidewater Drive in a crosswalk. He was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where he died shortly after arrival.
Contact an Attorney over a Fatal Norfolk Pedestrian Accident
Deadly pedestrian accidents are all too common in Norfolk and other parts of Hampton Roads. We hold drivers who kill and hurt pedestrians to account. If you lose a loved one crossing the road, the driver of a car, truck, bus, SUV or van may be to blame. Please call our experienced Norfolk car accident lawyers today for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.