Many Virginia residents enjoy walking as a form of exercise, transportation or perhaps both. Most people find walking is an inexpensive, healthy and safe way to get around, but unfortunately, the latter is not always true, especially in areas where pedestrians share space with a high volume of motorized vehicles. Occasionally, a car accident involving a pedestrian occurs, sometimes resulting in death. Such was the case in Hampton when a teenage girl was killed in a hit-and-run accident.

The incident happened on a recent Friday just after 7 p.m. Reportedly, the 15-year-old girl was walking across a busy intersection with her mother after attending church. According to police, a vehicle crashed into them, killing the teenager and sending the woman to a local hospital. The driver fled the scene immediately.

Since the accident, people who live nearby have expressed concern that the area is not safe. A man who has lived at the intersection for five years and witnessed the incident has said this crash is the second fatality he has seen at that spot. He cited lack of proper lighting and many speeding drivers as contributing factors and speculates that more cameras on the road may help to make the area safer for everyone. Authorities continue to investigate the crash, including searching for the vehicle that was involved.

Often, a car accident involving pedestrians does not end well. In this case, sadly, a young teenage girl has died, seemingly due to driver negligence. When police locate the driver and complete their investigation, separate from any criminal charges he or she may face, the victim’s family may consider consulting with an experienced Virginia personal injury lawyer to discuss their legal options. A successfully litigated wrongful death lawsuit could provide them some comfort as well as help mitigate some of the unexpected expenses they are likely encountering at this time.