A town in Virginia is mourning the loss of one of its most popular residents. The victim was struck by a motorist early in December and transported to a hospital for treatment. She passed away from her injuries three days later. The deceased was 49-years-old and she leaves behind a husband and four children.
Reportedly, the victim was crossing at an intersection when another motorist, a 77-year-old female driver, struck her with an SUV. The accident occurred in the evening within sight of the victim's home. Security feeds from the area show that the victim pushed the button for a walk signal. As she began to cross the road, the SUV struck the woman while it was making a right turn. Authorities charged the driver of the SUV with failing to yield for a pedestrian.
According to local business owners, this tragedy illustrates the need to increase awareness about the many pedestrians in the area. Reportedly, the intersection where the pedestrian/car accident occurred is particularly hazardous. This is so due to the angle of one corner, which requires pedestrians to turn backwards in order to make sure motorists see them.
The deceased was a popular worker employed at several local restaurants. Three of these restaurants are engaged in collecting donations to help the victim's two youngest children.
To many, car accidents involving pedestrians are particularly tragic. They reveal, often in graphic detail, the danger motor vehicles pose to the human body. When pedestrian or car accidents happen because of negligence, victims should consider taking legal action to prevent future negligence. Speaking with a personal injury attorney is the first step.
Source: NBC Washington, "Beloved Restaurant Employee Fatally Struck by Car in Alexandria," Julie Carey, Dec. 05, 2016