Most people have a sense of moral integrity and compassion for others that would prevent them from fleeing a tragic situation, even if they may have been the cause. However, sadly, some people will run from such a situation, likely in an attempt to avoid the fallout. In a recent example, Virginia State Police located and arrested a man wanted for questioning following a fatal car crash in Culpeper County after he walked away from the hospital where he had been transported for treatment.
The crash happened just past midnight when the individual lost control of his vehicle and crossed over the center line into the lane moving in the opposite direction. His vehicle collided head-on with another vehicle. The 54-year-old woman driving that vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. Two passengers in her car, a 27-year-old man and a 55-year-old man, suffered life-threatening injuries and were transported by air to a medical facility.
Reportedly, the at-fault driver, a 38-year-old man, was transported by ambulance to a hospital to be treated for serious injuries. According to police, he fled from the ambulance when it arrived at the hospital. Authorities later located him at a residence in a different county. He has since been charged with one count of hit-and-run, with additional charges pending. The investigation is ongoing.
The man who appears responsible for this car crash could have veered into the opposite lane for any number of reasons, but it seems likely that investigators will conclude the situation unfolded as it did due to reckless behavior on his part. As well, he apparently attempted to escape questioning by walking away from the ambulance. Separate from any criminal charges filed, the victims’ family members may wish to explore the legal options available to them within the Virginia civil justice system. An experienced personal injury attorney can be a valuable resource in such situations.