In Rockingham, Virginia, a 17-year old BMW driver was charged with being under the influence during a two-vehicle collision, which led to one fatality. While out driving at mid-evening, a 71-year old male Mercury driver and 78-year old female passenger were struck by the intoxicated teenager when taking a left turn onto Route 42. The driver, Gerald Will of Hinton, VA, sustained life-threatening injuries and was immediately transported to Sentara RMH Medical Center. Tragically, Gerald later succumbed to his injuries. The passenger, Jean Will of Hinton, VA, also sustained life-threatening injuries and was rushed to UVA Medical Center. Both were wearing a seatbelt.
The accident occurred at the intersection of Harpine highway and Buttermilk Creek road, on Wednesday, August 3rd at 9:25 p.m. The driver and passenger of the BMW had only minor injuries and received care at Sentara RMH Medical Center. Both were wearing their seatbelt. The driver was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence. The incident is still under investigation, with the possibility of more charges being added.
At MartinWren, P.C., our personal injury lawyer Harrisonburg VA team has seen the way that people’s lives can be taken due to a car crash. When people choose to be reckless behind the wheel of a moving vehicle, they are putting the lives of others on the road in jeopardy. We firmly believe that offenders of the law who injure or take the lives of others deserve to be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. When a life is lost too soon due to the carelessness of another, this pain can affect current and future generations. No one deserves to have their health or life altered forever, simply because someone else made the awful decision to act dangerously.
Victims of personal injury accidents tend to accrue hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars in property damage, medical bills, loss of wages, and more. When such tragedy unfolds, it is the responsibility of the person at-fault to be held liable for the suffering and grief they caused. We know the law, and we know what victims and their families are entitled to in compensation for what happened. There is no amount of money that can get a cherished person’s life back. At the very least, financial restitution can provide the family monetary support as they grieve. We don’t take cases like these lightly, and urge victims to come forward and speak with us if they need legal support.
If you or someone you love was hurt in an accident that was the fault of another, then we strongly encourage you to reach out to us today for assistance. You and your family do not have to go through this alone.