A teenage girl who was a passenger in a truck was killed when the truck crashed into a home in the Kempsville area on June 24.
According to the Virginia Beach Police Department, the truck crashed into the house on South Parliament Drive. The truck overturned, and two of the three people in the truck were ejected.
Preliminary investigations revealed that no one riding in the truck was wearing a seat belt. All three were taken to the hospital, where the girl later died.
The driver of the truck, an 18-year-old man, was ticketed for reckless driving and other offenses, police said. The police did not offer other details about the charges or any more information about the girl who was fatally injured because she was a juvenile. The initial investigation indicated that speed could have been a factor in the crash.
Neighbors recalled the harrowing crash. “It was like a bomb went off,” one woman said, recounting how her husband went outside and saw the female victim in the driveway, unconscious.
Another woman went to comfort a young man who had been ejected and was lying in the yard. He said he was 17. “I just kept holding his hand to keep him calm,” she said. “He kept squeezing it.”
One man said he saw the pickup truck swerving as it sped down the street.
When a family loses a loved one, they are left to cope with unexpected costs, such as funeral expenses. An attorney experienced in personal injury cases can help families work to recoup financial and other losses.