Memorial Holiday Weekend Ends With Nine Fatal Accidents in Virginia

Memorial Weekend 2015 ended up being a mess of traffic accidents involving speeders and reckless drivers all across the state of Virginia.  Over the weekend, nine people lost their lives in fatal accidents that took in the following counties:

  • Campbell County
  • Page County
  • Roanoke County
  • Prince George County
  • Franklin County
  • Albemarle County
  • Rockingham County
  • Prince William County

Police reported that the fatality in Prince William County accident was a pedestrian, while another accident involved a motorcyclist who was killed in Cambell County. Alcohol was involved in three of the nine fatal accidents while the other accident victims were not wearing seatbelts. The victim in the fatal accident in Prince George County was also not wearing a seatbelt and was also under the influence of alcohol, the accident occurred near the 4600 block of Ruffin Road.

Virginia State Troopers responded to more than 750 traffic accidents and arrested 135 people for driving under the influence over the 4-day holiday weekend. Over 10,000 drivers received traffic citations for speeding while 3,408 drivers were cited for reckless driving.  In addition to 1,300 seatbelt violations and near 400 parents were cited for improper restraining their children.

“As the summer months approach, we continue to urge all drivers and passengers to make the commitment to buckle up, avoid distractions, drive sober, follow the speed limit and drive defensively,” says Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “They are safety messages which must be repeated because following the rules of the road can save lives.”

In the state of Virginia reckless driving can be viewed as a criminal offense. If you have received a citation for reckless driving in Virginia, be sure to protect your right by contacting our Virginia traffic lawyer as soon as possible.  Attorney David A.C. Long can represent clients that facing various traffic offense such as: reckless driving, speeding tickets, failure to yield, driving on suspended license, attempting to elude police and commercial vehicle violations.

 

San Bernardino County Street Race Kills Innocent Father Of Two

Police are searching for the driver of a black Ford Mustang, captured on a surveillance video, speeding away from an alleged street race crash that killed a father of two children and left a teenager who is facing possible manslaughter charges in Rancho Cucamonga Thursday.

The deadly collision happened at the intersection of Rochester Avenue and Jersey Boulevard at around 4:15 p.m., according to details released from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Several witnesses spoke to investigators claiming two black Ford Mustangs were racing southbound Rochester Avenue when one of them suddenly slammed into the driver’s side of a 2010 Nissan Altima that was in the process of making a left turn from Jersey Boulevard.

Both cars stopped on the southwest corner of the intersection, the Nissan suffered damage all the way to the passenger compartment, said the Sheriff’s Department.

Julio C. Lopez, the 46-year-old of Pomona was identified as the driver of the Nissan Altima and was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, he did not survive.

The teenager involved was a 16-year-old Rancho Cucamonga resident, he was driving one of the Mustangs involved in the collision, he has since been arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, said Teresa McMahon from the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department Thursday.

Authorities continue to search for the fleet driver of the second Mustang, described as the year 2000 to 2003 model that had a hood scoop.

The driver is believed to be a black male, early twenties and wearing a backward hat, according to a news announcement.

The driver was believed to be a black man in his early twenties wearing a backward hat, according to the news release.

Anyone who has knowledge on the incident is asked to call the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department as soon as possible.

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Boy Killed By Collision With Bus Vancouver WA

Saturday Evening, an 11-year-old boy collided with a C-Tran bus shortly before 2 p.m. Benjamin Fulwiler later died from injuries sustained from the incident.

Ben was in the sixth grade attending Pacific Middle School. Multiple teachers advocated his maturity and aspiration were ahead by years.

Deborah Knox, the C-Tran driver, was driving southbound on Main Street and was stopped for oncoming traffic, according to police. the 59-year-old driver was in the process of turning left onto E 27th Street when the bicycle struck the side of the bus.

A surveillance video captured the tragedy from inside the bus, it showed what appeared to be the bicycle’s front wheel colliding with the driver’s side of the bus.

C-Tran spokesperson Steve Patterson said in a statement, “The driver was maker her left turn, the roadway was clear, but then out of nowhere the bicycle came and made contact with the left center of the bus.”

Fulwiler was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries and a severed arm. He did not survive the incident.

Locals Lori Wilgus and her 11-year-old son were riding their bicycles in the area after the accident. “It’s sad because I’m aware of how dangerous it is for bikers and people walking,” Wilgus stated. “I’m constantly reminding my son that he needs to imagine every car doesn’t see you and act accordingly, slow down and be patient.”

Tragedies similar to this one can happen to anyone and at any time, always remain cautious on the road, safety procedures/precautions are for the benefit of your well-being. If you have been in an accident contact the experienced accident attorneys in Vancouver, WA from Caron, Colven, Robinson & Shafton (CCRS) Law. CCRS law personal injury attorneys have successfully represented clients involved in car, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, slip and fall accidents and other related forms of accidents across the Southwest Washington region.

 

 

Rig Collision Kills One and Puts Freeway Lanes To A Halt In Long Beach

A fatal crash involving a tractor-trailer that overturned and a Ford F-550 truck killed one and put all lanes of the northbound 710 Freeway to a halt Monday morning, according to CHP.

In a statement made by the California Highway Patrol, the investigation discovered the driver of the rig swerved to avoid a slower moving vehicle ahead in the roadway. The big rig struck the vehicle and veered to the left, ultimately causing the rig to overturn on it’s side. The driver of the rig that struck the vehicle sustained life-threatening injuries.

A witness, Long Beach resident Jorge Panchig, was driving behind the rig as it swerved.

“I was right there, I was one of the drivers right behind the truck. We tried to see if we [drivers behind the rig] could get the guy out before the police came but it looked like he was stuck,” he later wrote on a local news Facebook page.

The driver of the semi truck was a 50-year-old Cudahy local, his identity was not released due to the pending notification of his next of kin.

A CHP’s statement did not include the status of the other motorist, a 34-year-old from Santa Ana.

According to the California Highway Patrol the collision was reported around 9 a.m., all lanes of the northbound Freeway were closed to allow firefighters to get the driver out of the truck.

The CPH was assisted by Long Beach police, officers responded to the crash and closed all northbound on-ramps to the 710 Freeway from Pico Avenue to Willow Street for around 4 hours until it was opened at about 2:30 p.m.

It wasn’t until around 4:40 p.m. that all northbound 710 Freeway lanes were opened.

The accident remains under investigation.

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