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Head-on collision injures 2 in Louisa

Authorities with the Virginia State Patrol reported that a head-on crash on Dec. 1 sent two people to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The accident reportedly occurred around 7:30 a.m. in the eastbound lane of Route 33.

A 43-year-old Mechanicsville woman was reportedly driving a 2005 Ford Escape west on the highway when she failed to correctly negotiate a curve. She allegedly crossed a double line in the curved portion of the highway. A 2004 Ford Explorer being driven by a 57-year-old Bumpass woman was then struck head on by the Escape in the eastbound lane.

Responding emergency personnel found that both women had been seriously injured in the accident. Both had to be flown for treatment via Medi-Flight helicopter to MCV Hospital in Richmond. Authorities report that both women are still in serious condition. The accident resulted in the road being closed while police conducted their scene investigation and debris cleanup. The road was reopened around 9 a.m. Authorities indicated they are still investigating the cause of the accident and charges may be filed.

When someone is seriously injured in a car accident, law enforcement will often perform an accident reconstruction in order to determine the cause of the accident, the party responsible for the collision and the relative speeds of the vehicles involved. When an investigation is completed, officers may then recommend that criminal charges be filed against an at-fault driver when people are seriously injured. Even when criminal charges are not filed, injured victims may still be able to hold a negligent driver civilly liable by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the driver. By doing so, victims may be able to recover compensation for the economic and noneconomic losses endured.

Source: WVIR, "Head-On Crash in Louisa Sends 2 to Hospital", December 01, 2014

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