Sometimes, the driver of a vehicle that collides with another vehicle is not the responsible party. The actions of the driver of the other vehicle may have made it impossible for the other driver to avoid a crash. Virginia State Police say this was the cause of a wreck that occurred on April 8.
A driver of a tractor-trailer traveling southbound on Route 155 had no warning that a car would attempt to cross the roadway directly in the trucker's path. The semi could not avoid slamming into the vehicle. The driver of the 18-wheeler avoided injury in the crash, but the four occupants of the car did not escape injury.
In fact, three of the vehicle's occupants suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. It appears that the driver was related to one of those unfortunate souls. The driver of the car suffered serious injuries that are not considered life-threatening. Emergency personnel took him to an area hospital for treatment of those injuries. His current condition is not known.
Virginia State Police report that the driver faces reckless driving charges. To this point, speed and alcohol are not considered factors in the accident. However, the investigation into this tragedy is ongoing, and additional charges could be filed depending on the outcome.
In the meantime, the families of the deceased passengers face the unenviable task of burying their loved ones prematurely. The families of the victims retain the right to file wrongful death claims against the driver in connection with the crash. Proving negligence on the part of either driver could yield an award of monetary restitution that could assist the families with the financial impact associated with this incident.
Source: wric.com, "Victims Identified in New Kent County Car Crash", , April 8, 2014