Many Virginia residents enjoy walking as a leisure activity, a form of exercise or simply as an inexpensive way to get outside and breathe fresh air. Some people must walk since it is their only available form of transportation. In any case, pedestrians often must share road space with various types of motorized vehicles, and unfortunately, when a car accident involves a pedestrian, the pedestrian does not usually fare well. Such was the case when a woman was struck by a vehicle and killed while crossing a Norfolk intersection.

The incident happened late in the afternoon on a recent Saturday. According to police, the 62-year-old woman was crossing the intersection at a crosswalk. A dark-colored sedan struck her, but the driver then fled the scene in the vehicle.

When police arrived at the accident scene, they found the woman lying in the street. Sadly, she was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities are continuing to investigate the incident and are asking anyone with information to call the local crime line.

The driver who struck this poor woman may have done so for various reasons. Once the driver is located, investigators may conclude that negligent or reckless behavior on his or her part led to this tragedy. If this is the case, the victim’s family has the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, separate from any criminal charges filed. A knowledgeable Virginia personal injury attorney can review individual case details and apprise them of their legal options. A successfully litigated lawsuit can provide the grieving family some comfort and help mitigate some of the unexpected expenses and related monetary damages that tend to occur at such times.