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Fatal accident outside Lynchburg kills 2 teenagers

A fatal accident outside of Lynchburg, Virginia, killed two teenagers just before the start of the school year, say State Police. The incident, which occurred on Level Run Road, involved a head-on collision between a car full of teenagers and another vehicle, which originally left the scene. Police later reported they located the driver who allegedly caused the crash.

The fatal accident occurred around 9:30 on a Sunday night. Two individuals were killed in the accident, and two were taken to Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment. One of the teens killed in the accident was a rising junior at a local high school; the other had graduated last year. The high school reportedly held a moment of silence for the teens on the first day of school.

Police reportedly found the man who allegedly caused the accident at Lynchburg General Hospital, where he was being treated for injuries. The 33-year-old man reportedly admitted to drinking on the evening of the accident, but charges had not been filed at the time of reporting. According to police, both alcohol and speed were likely factors in the accident.

The teens who were killed in the accident were aged 18 and 17. Students, friends and family members planned a vigil at the local high school for the two individuals, and some students remained visibly upset during the first days of school due to the loss.

Grieving loved ones deal with a lot in the aftermath of a sudden death. From medical and funeral expenses to less tangible losses such as companionship, losses can affect families and friends for years. One way to mitigate some of the loss -- particularly those of a financial nature -- is to seek a personal injury claim against the driver or person responsible. Though every case is different, an injured party or surviving loved one has the right to consider such an option.

Source: WSET, "UPDATE: Police Release Name of Hit and Run Driver, Vigil Planned for Pittsylvania Co. Teens Killed" Aug. 12, 2014

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