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Pedestrian struck by motorcycle in Virginia accident

A motorcycle, car and pedestrian were involved in a crash at a gas station on Senedo Road in Shenandoah County on Sept. 5. Police arrived at the scene around 4:30 p.m., and a man there said that he had been hit by the motorcycle. The motorcycle's rider then reportedly backed up and hit a Hyundai sedan that was being filled with gasoline. Authorities said the fuel pump of the Hyundai was damaged and that the motorcycle was rendered inoperable.

After striking the car with his motorcycle, the man left the scene on foot, but a deputy from then Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office was able to apprehend him. The man who was hit by the motorcycle refused treatment at the scene of the collision, and the news source did not say whether the driver of the Hyundai suffered any injuries.

A major with the Sheriff's Office said the 66-year-old male motorcyclist was charged with drunk driving, malicious bodily injury and a felony hit-and-run. He was being held without bond after being taken into custody and was scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 10 at 11:30 a.m.

People who have been injured in motor-vehicle accidents may decide to file personal injury lawsuits against those suspected of having caused the incidents. In these kinds of civil suits, decisions in favor of plaintiffs lead to them receiving compensation for financial harm caused by the accidents such as medical bills, lost wages and property damage. In Virginia, punitive damages may also be awarded to plaintiffs of personal injury suits.

Source: NV Daily, "Man charged with malicious bodily injury, hit and run driving", Joe Beck, September 10, 2014

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