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Virginia pedestrian struck in hit-and-run accident

The Northern Virginia region can be fraught with traffic snarls. From commuters trying to get into Washington, D.C. to tourists visiting the region, there is often no shortage of traffic concerns. Pedestrians may think they are avoiding this tremendous traffic and its associated problems. Unfortunately, sometimes these traffic issues even reach pedestrians, as a man recently found out following a hit-and-run car accident.

According to recent reports, a pedestrian was crossing the street shortly after 5:00 p.m. in Leesburg when the driver of a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck left a business parking lot and began driving south on Plaza Street. The driver supposedly struck the pedestrian with his vehicle while the pedestrian was crossing the street.

The driver of the pickup truck allegedly left the scene of an accident without stopping, however, an eyewitness of the accident was able to follow the driver and take a picture of the vehicle. With this information, the police were able to identify the driver.

Police have located and impounded his vehicle, but are currently trying to determine the whereabouts of the hit-and-run driver. A warrant for the charge of felony hit-and-run has been obtained by the police stemming from this incident as investigation of the incident continues.

According to authorities and emergency medical crews, the 57-year-old pedestrian suffered serious injuries from the collision and was transported to the hospital by medical helicopter. He was initially listed in critical condition following the accident. The pedestrian will hopefully make a full recovery from his injuries, but the force of a car against an unprotected person can be tremendous. He may choose to pursue a legal cause of action against the driver of the vehicle to recover damages for the medical expenses he will undoubtedly incur.

Following a pedestrian accident, it is important for those harmed by the incident to understand the rights afforded to them. This often amounts in filing a civil action to hold the party at fault responsible for the injuries and damages he or she caused. A personal injury claim could help the injured victim cover expenses such as medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages and other related damages.

Source: patch.com, "Hit-And-Run Suspect Identified by Leesburg Police," Chris Gaudet, July 28, 2015

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