Family of Woman Killed in Albemarle Files Wrongful Death Suit

There are 20 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Mar 15, 2013, titled Family of Woman Killed in Albemarle Files Wrongful Death Suit. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

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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Moe

Charlottesville, VA

#21 Mar 18, 2013
Money won't replace her.

This accident WAS the van's fault BUT you want to live remember this advice:

NEVER cross the street in front of a turning vehicle. The driver is looking left for an opening in traffic and simpply may not see you. Especially in a suburban area where pedestrians are not as common. REALLY observe this advice in regards to large vehicles such a dump or semi trucks where the driver cannot see you directly in front of the vehicle.

The horseless carriage is a precarious contraption and we must exercise car about it.
bonkers

Collinsville, VA

#22 Mar 18, 2013
Sue em sue em hard, look at this way folks instead of saying greed. Greed is the insurance companys that charge for just this kind of stuf so I say Bless that family and although it wont help alot for there loss at least they can feel good about screwing the insurance companys (especially health, there all tied together in monopoly) unless of course you idiots out there like your increase in taxes from obama care and just remember, they go up up up up over the years to come, or do facts hurt you folk?
BY THE WAY, YOU OBAMA FANS DO REALIZE THE INSURANCE COMPANYS AND OBAMA HAD BEHIND CLOSED(TRANSPARENT) DOOR MEETINGS AND MADE THE HEALTHCARE PLAN.
Sue Farm

Charlottesville, VA

#23 Mar 18, 2013
bonkers wrote:
Sue em sue em hard, look at this way folks instead of saying greed. Greed is the insurance companys that charge for just this kind of stuf so I say Bless that family and although it wont help alot for there loss at least they can feel good about screwing the insurance companys (especially health, there all tied together in monopoly) unless of course you idiots out there like your increase in taxes from obama care and just remember, they go up up up up over the years to come, or do facts hurt you folk?
BY THE WAY, YOU OBAMA FANS DO REALIZE THE INSURANCE COMPANYS AND OBAMA HAD BEHIND CLOSED(TRANSPARENT) DOOR MEETINGS AND MADE THE HEALTHCARE PLAN.
you are more than Bonkers, your an IDIOT! Just who do you think the insurance company is going to get the money from...us customers!
ACCIDENTS happen, GREED happens, idiots like you are born....ship happens!
2014 Will Be A Surprise

Richmond, VA

#24 Mar 19, 2013
2.5 mil? I don't think she had that much earning potential left. give them enough to pay the hospital bills, if any, and legal fees and a little more for a proper funeral and call it a day.
G Luv

Charlottesville, VA

#25 Mar 19, 2013
So if I'm out driving today and I run over one of your kids, grandkids, spouse, or homever because I'm not paying attention, you're all willing to settle for a $75 fine and calling it a day?

No wonder driving in the country is so messed up; no one wants to see any accountability out there.
fred

Norwalk, CT

#26 Mar 19, 2013
At the end of the day - no one could pay me enough money to even want to cross the street on Rio Road, Route 29, etc. Sorry this happened, sorry for the loss.
thinking free

Charlottesville, VA

#27 Mar 19, 2013
I don't understand how the lawyers could equate her to an athlete of let's say NFL or NBA caliber. Does she possess the "same skills set" as them? I doubt it. Or, let's say he does compare it to them after their career has ended... What are they worth? Nothing.

Truth be told, the van should at least compensate the family for funeral costs, and such
Victim of Neglect

Charlottesville, VA

#28 Mar 19, 2013
If you are wreckless and fail to yield, you deserve to be held accountable. Pay up!

2.5 is too low.
King Ralph

Charlottesville, VA

#29 Mar 19, 2013
G Luv wrote:
So if I'm out driving today and I run over one of your kids, grandkids, spouse, or homever because I'm not paying attention, you're all willing to settle for a $75 fine and calling it a day?
No wonder driving in the country is so messed up; no one wants to see any accountability out there.
It wasn't a spouse or adult, it was a 75 year old trying to cross a busy road by herself - that circumstance by itself should raise some red flags that things might not be cut and dried. I know you cackling hens love to knee jerk as soon as the first sad inkling of a thought crosses your minds, but giving the facts five seconds of consideration is well worth the time.
Kluck kluck

Charlottesville, VA

#30 Mar 19, 2013
King Ralph wrote:
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It wasn't a spouse or adult, it was a 75 year old trying to cross a busy road by herself - that circumstance by itself should raise some red flags that things might not be cut and dried. I know you cackling hens love to knee jerk as soon as the first sad inkling of a thought crosses your minds, but giving the facts five seconds of consideration is well worth the time.
Was it night time? Also, I'd like to see the drivers cell phone records at the time of impact. Was she in a crosswalk? Red flags are raised!
King Ralph

Charlottesville, VA

#31 Mar 19, 2013
Learn to troll better.
Notgrabbyhands

Charlottesville, VA

#32 Mar 19, 2013
This is why when your insurance agent asks you to buy more than the state limits of 25/50/20 you should pay attention. Think about it, 20k in property damage limits won't cover a new Honda civic these days. What if you totaled someone's new BMW? You got cash to pay that debt off? Call your agent and go over your policies. Spend money where it means something.
Joe

Charlottesville, VA

#33 Mar 19, 2013
Money hungry sleezbags.
really now

Charlottesville, VA

#34 Mar 19, 2013
bonkers wrote:
Sue em sue em hard, look at this way folks instead of saying greed. Greed is the insurance companys that charge for just this kind of stuf so I say Bless that family and although it wont help alot for there loss at least they can feel good about screwing the insurance companys (especially health, there all tied together in monopoly) unless of course you idiots out there like your increase in taxes from obama care and just remember, they go up up up up over the years to come, or do facts hurt you folk?
BY THE WAY, YOU OBAMA FANS DO REALIZE THE INSURANCE COMPANYS AND OBAMA HAD BEHIND CLOSED(TRANSPARENT) DOOR MEETINGS AND MADE THE HEALTHCARE PLAN.
But they are not suing the insurance company, but the driver.
really now

Charlottesville, VA

#35 Mar 19, 2013
G Luv wrote:
So if I'm out driving today and I run over one of your kids, grandkids, spouse, or homever because I'm not paying attention, you're all willing to settle for a $75 fine and calling it a day?
No wonder driving in the country is so messed up; no one wants to see any accountability out there.
You wouldn't hit MY kids, grandkids, spouse or whomever because they don't walk across high traffic, high speed roads.

“Keeping life realistic”

Since: Apr 10

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#36 Mar 19, 2013
Kluck kluck wrote:
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Was it night time? Also, I'd like to see the drivers cell phone records at the time of impact. Was she in a crosswalk? Red flags are raised!
The facts are all printed there. No cell phone, mid-afternoon, and she was coming east ->west on Rio and walked in front of the van driver, who was paying attention and waiting for a break in traffic from his left(only direction of traffic to be concerned with while turning at that intersection. There is no crosswalk.

“Keeping life realistic”

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#37 Mar 19, 2013
Victim of Neglect wrote:
If you are wreckless and fail to yield, you deserve to be held accountable. Pay up!
2.5 is too low.
Tough call(legally) as there is no crosswalk, or other signage indicating to be aware of pedestrian traffic.
More to say

Charlottesville, VA

#38 Mar 19, 2013
I don't want to address the amount of money - the family and courts can work that one out.

As for folk who say this was an accident, I have to disagree. As drivers we are all taught that there may be pedestrians crossing roads and that we are required to yield to them.

Either you're paying attention as a driver or you're not. If you weren't paying enough attention, you should stop your vehicle and take a break. If the driver is suffering now, that's the consequence of the failure to pay the attention required to safely operate a vehicle on the road.

This should serve as a wake up call to each and every one of us. As drivers or pedestrians, never trust anyone else on the road.

I certainly cannot accept that a tiny fine and a bothered conscience can be just punishment for taking a life.
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#39 Mar 19, 2013
Kluck kluck wrote:
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Was she in a crosswalk?
http://goo.gl/maps/6eAM6
real central Va Marine

Charlottesville, VA

#40 Mar 19, 2013
Laughing at the fools wrote:
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Tough call(legally) as there is no crosswalk, or other signage indicating to be aware of pedestrian traffic.
But sir, you make TOO much sense...

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