Family of Woman Killed in Albemarle Files Wrongful Death Suit

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The family of a Lexington woman who died when a van hit her in Albemarle County is suing the driver for $2.5 million in compensatory damages.
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RNR

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I'm really sorry for the family's loss but geeze.. they're asking for alot of money as compensation. AND the list of reasons is ridiculous. Sure makes them seem money hungry, what a shame.
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I know that this family is mourning the loss of their loved one and that this was a tragic ACCIDENT and I am sure the driver of the van did not intend to kill anyone when he got up that morning. BUT for this family to come up with this lawsuit and putting a dollar amount on the life of their loved one is RIDICULOUS and speaks volumes of the type of people that they are! You are using the death of your loved one for monetary gain and that is what is wrong with our world today! Shame on you!
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Others have been hit near that intersection - there is no pedestrian crossing yet many people walk across Rio Rd.there. There needs to be a way for pedestrian traffic to safely cross to the Mall! I see people crossing that road all the time - very dangerous.
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This is truly disgusting! I do not need to add any more words because the first two comments hit the nail on the head. Money hungry!!! I guess they all want to retire off of this tragedy. So very sad!
Mama Meea

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Slime balls! That list, bet if mama were able
to give you the "advice" you so miss, she would say SHAME ON YOU MONEY GRUBBING SLIMEBALLS" and I would guess she would say "look both ways before3 crossing the street"
ONE LAST THOUGHT.."where were ANY of her FIVE
kids when this 75 year old had to go somewhere that led her to WALK on RIO ROAD...were'nt to concerns about yer mama then were you ??
DISGUSTING TRYING TO CASH IN ON MAMA ACCIDENTAL DEATH !
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Having lost a lost one in a tragic accident over 20 years ago, I can say that there are lawyers out there that contact you with all sorts of reasons why one should sue. Bottom line, money is the root of all evil!
My child died, I had not even remembered we had this life insurance policy thru the school, I depostited the check but could never get myself to spend a dime of that money. After years I finally took out enought money to repay my savings ccount the cost of the funeral. The rest of the money just sat and haunted me. Five years ago I donated the entire amount to the boys and girls club.
Peace to the family of this woman. There is NO amount of money that will give you that.
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The real tragedy here is that the person struck and killed was a popular newspaper columnist in Roanoke...and not a lawyer.

R.I.P.: Bryan Edwin Smith
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I dont remember this happening so my question is, was the driver of the van drunk? Or medically affected by something? Anyone can sue anybody for anything. Doesnt mean it will go forward. I hope this family does find strength to continue with life, regardless of the outcome here. I also hope the driver of the van can find some peace as well.
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This is just wrong what if it was the old lady that hit someone and their family wanted to sue the old lady? Her family might not think that's so right then. The money won't bring her back the guy I am sure had no intention of so much as harming her it's a tragic accident from what I can see and that's it suing this guy won't make anything better I hope her family loses big time in court but sorry for their loss.
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I would argue that irresponsible drivers running old ladies down with vans is more wrong with the world than suing the killer for $2.5M. But I see I'm in the minority here.

"You are using the death of your loved one for monetary gain and that is what is wrong with our world today!"
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RNR wrote:
I'm really sorry for the family's loss but geeze.. they're asking for alot of money as compensation. AND the list of reasons is ridiculous. Sure makes them seem money hungry, what a shame.
Please be assured that the family won't see $2.5 million. If it gets to court, they won't be awarded that much but remember too, there is most likely a hefty hospital bill the family is left to pay, funeral expenses, and don't forget the lawyer's cut. The family certainly deserve a substantial amount for the carelessness of the faulty driver.
If I am put on the jury, I'd be sympathic to the family big time.
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Sam wrote:
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Please be assured that the family won't see $2.5 million. If it gets to court, they won't be awarded that much but remember too, there is most likely a hefty hospital bill the family is left to pay, funeral expenses, and don't forget the lawyer's cut. The family certainly deserve a substantial amount for the carelessness of the faulty driver.
If I am put on the jury, I'd be sympathic to the family big time.
That's why you won't be on the jury; predisposition makes you unqualified.
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This is absolutely sickening. These people are just flat out greed focused. What a disgusting way to memorialize someone, by destroying someone else. Classic case of two wrongs will never make a right.
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RNR wrote:
I'm really sorry for the family's loss but geeze.. they're asking for alot of money as compensation. AND the list of reasons is ridiculous. Sure makes them seem money hungry, what a shame.
The plaintiffs will undoubtedly weep and wring their hands every step of the way to the bank, if they prevail.
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Would 2.5 mil be acceptable if it were reckless or intentional?
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"I would argue that irresponsible drivers running old ladies down with vans is more wrong with the world than suing the killer for $2.5M. But I see I'm in the minority here."

No need to 'argue' it -- you are correct. There are plenty of ways to kill someone unintentionally; I see no reason running someone over should get a pass.
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The angle of the van, the location and lack of skid marks seem to indicate that the driver must have come to a stop and then proceeded to pull out while looking to the left and thus missing seeing the lady and ran her over. I don't see reckless behavior.
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I agree completely that the money issue is sad and ridiculous in its amount. More reasonable would be enough money to pay all the bills incurred as a result of the accident. We have all lost loved ones, whether by natural aging, illness, or accident. Death happens. Cherish the memories. Move on.

Charlottesville, in all its beauty and determination to be "bike friendly" seems to be seriously lacking in making this town "pedestrian friendly." There are very few safe crosswalks on 29N alone. I have observed so many residents attempting to hustle across busy intersections through-out the town. Some people like to walk. It would be nice if C-ville would take time to focus on safety issues for its citizens.
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I have a 17 year old who before he could drive would like to go to the Game Stop in the mall and then wanted walk across 29 to go to the Game Stop beside Hardees. I said NO WAY I will drive you there because it is to dangerous. So I question why did this 75 year old mother decide to do what she did without any help. I do not believe that the driver of the Van meant to kill her and I believe he is suffering and will have to live with this for the rest of his life!!!! So here is a thought...... Before you go any further with this law suite..... what would your mother want you to do??????
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Despite the fact that she's gone and that's a tragedy no amount of money will be able to satisfy that loss. Almost feel like it is an excuse for blank compensation. Understandable lawsuit but futile.

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