Woman knocked down crossing courthouse road identified by the Chesterfield County police, she was killed Monday night when crossing Courthouse Road. The accident occurred at around 7:24 PM between Endenberry Drive and Southlake Boulevard. The road was closed as police investigate the incident.
The woman was knocked down by a north-bound Ford Focus. She was rushed to the hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. According to police, the driver immediately stopped after the unfortunate incident.
Police identified the woman as Sheryl Vick, a 53-year-old from Chesterfield. She was headed north on the right turn lane from Courthouse Road into Southlake Boulevard when the crash happened.
In Virginia, several rules regulate how pedestrians can use sidewalks, roadways, crosswalks, and highways. Pedestrians always have right of way on sidewalks and crosswalks, and required to use them whenever possible. If there are no sidewalks or crosswalks, pedestrians should always keep far left facing oncoming traffic.
According to Virginia Code 46.2-924, drivers of any vehicle on the highway shall also grant the right-of-way to any pedestrian crossing the highway at an intersection where the maximum speed limit doesn’t exceed 35 miles per hour. However, where traffic is being regulated by law enforcers or traffic control devices, the driver should follow the direction of the officer or traffic device. Additionally, any driver entering, turning, or crossing at intersections should slow down, change course, or stop to allow pedestrians to cross such intersections expeditiously and safely.
When a driver accidentally hits a pedestrian, they can be sued for damages as well as prosecuted for a criminal offense. In the event the pedestrian dies, the driver can face manslaughter charges. More investigations are still being carried out by the police on the Courthouse Road accident to find out what exactly happened.
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