No Charges in Buckingham Tractor Trailer Accident

Yesterday WTVR.com reported that there will be no charges against the driver in the tractor trailer accident who fatally struck two kids running to a bus on Route 15 in Buckingham County yesterday. The whole ordeal is heartbreaking and for the families involved there is a great need for prayer and condolences.

My mind races when I hear heartbreaking stories like this because I deal with situations like this every day. People don’t come see lawyers like me when everything is going their way.  Rather, they come when tragedy strikes and they have no where else to turn. I feel a duty not only to represent folks in these situations legally. But I also feel the need from an emotional and spiritual perspective. Grief is such a strong emotion and it can only be dealt carefully and intentionally by those qualified to do so.

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After reading this report, though, it appears that the information available has resulted in a conclusion of no wrongdoing. From a legal perspective the Virginia State Police concluded that no traffic laws that were broken by the driver. Based on these report, it appears that the bus was coming to a stop with it’s yellow lights flashing but it had not come to a complete stop yet. The red flashing lights and stop sign that are triggered when the bus completes its stop were not yet on.

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But there appears to be more to this story and some lessons that we can all learn.

Wrongful death caused by icy conditions and poor driving in Amherst

The icy conditions in Lynchburg on Saturday lead to numerous collisions and crashes. Some were minor with no injuries and others were fatal.

In Amherst, Virginia, Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal three-vehicle crash where Larry S. McCauley, 71, of Madison Heights, has been identified as the victim. Police say the crash happened at 9:49 a.m. on South Five Forks Road at Daffodil Lane.

A 17-year-old from Monroe was driving a Ford pickup truck traveling south on South Five Forks Road and McCauley was driving an SUV in the opposite direction. The 17-year-old crossed the centerline and hit McCauley’s SUV head-on.

The SUV to hit the guardrail then the Ford pickup went back into the southbound lane where it collided with another vehicle.

McCauley was transported from the scene by ambulance and pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

The conditions were hazardous Saturday morning and it was raining at the time of the crash.

The 17-year-old was charged with driver too fast for the conditions and his traffic case will be heard in Amherst Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.