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Car accident claims life of Liberty University athlete

Fatal car accidents can occur in the blink of an eye, causing great emotional pain to family and friends of those who are killed. When someone is killed who has his or her life ahead, it's very tragic. When it's due to recklessness or negligence, the grief is even more intensified.

Liberty University is mourning the death of a young freshman. The 18-year-old was a member of the school's track and field team. He was killed when the vehicle he was a front seat passenger in left the roadway and smashed into a tree at about 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 7. The driver of the vehicle, 20 years old and from Lynchburg, also attends Liberty University and is part of the same athletic team. The driver's brother, 18, was in the backseat of the car. The siblings were wearing their seatbelts, according to a sergeant with the Virginia State Police; however, the 18-year-old young man who died was not.

The brother and sister were taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital to be treated for unknown injuries. The driver was issued a citation for reckless driving, although it is not known what the exact cause of the accident was. Speed, distracted driving or tiredness may have played a role.

The head coach for the track and field team expressed his sympathy for the family of the man who died, as well as his friends and fellow students. A spokesman for the university offered the school's prayers to the family.

Car accidents such as this are indeed tragic. While no amount of money can replace a loved one, it is possible to hold someone accountable for negligent or reckless actions. Personal injury attorneys can provide advice and options for those who wish to pursue compensation in civil court for their loss.

Source:, "Liberty University student killed in Franklin County wreck" Barrett Mohrmann, Dec. 07, 2013

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