Many tractor-trailer rigs pass through West Virginia on its numerous miles of highways. The location of the state promotes heavy commercial transportation as truckers deliver their wares in all directions. Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents involving cars and these semis can result in serious injuries or deaths. However, a recent fatality occurred involving a parked tractor-trailer rig and a hit-and-run driver in Jefferson County.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported that a man from another state was on the side of a road near Halltown, inspecting his tractor-trailer. According to witness accounts, a black sport utility vehicle struck the man, then drove away after stopping briefly. The driver of the tractor-trailer was pronounced dead after being transported to a nearby hospital.

The witnesses took photos of the SUV, showing the damage that was caused by the crash as well as its license number. Jefferson County officers then released information regarding the vehicle. Officers in Warren County spotted a vehicle that matched the photos and pulled it over. The driver, a 45-year-old man from Strasburg, reportedly acted confused and was unable to adequately explain how his car had been damaged.

Officers suspected the SUV driver of driving under the influence. The man was arrested on charges of DUI involving death and leaving the scene of an accident involving death. He is being held without bond in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.

It is tragic when motor vehicle accidents claim lives, particularly if a driver’s negligent behavior contributed to the incident. Families that have lost loved ones in accidents such as these may choose to pursue wrongful death litigation against the person deemed responsible. A West Virginia personal injury lawyer can help family members throughout the legal process toward the goal of achieving a favorable outcome in the lawsuit.