September 23, 2015- Hanover, VA
The teenage victim of a fatal car accident near the Hanover/Henrico line that occurred over the weekend has been identified as the son of college basketball star Rusty LaRue.
19 year old Riley Larue was headed north on Cold Harbor Road around 8:28 a.m. Saturday at the time of the crash. For reasons unknown, LaRue’s SUV ran off the road, struck a pole and a small group of trees, then flipped. According to NBC12 News, LaRue was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.
Rusty LaRue, who is currently head basketball coach at West Forsyth High School, is a member of the Wake Forest Hall of Fame and won an NBA Championship as a member of the 1998 Chicago Bulls.
The crash is still under investigation and sheriffs have not determined the cause.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15- to 20-year olds, with distracted drivers representing as a substantial proportion of fatal accident victims.
In a study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the most common forms of distraction leading up to a crash by a teen driver included:
- Interacting with one or more passengers: 15 percent of crashes
- Cell phone use: 12 percent of crashes
- Looking at something in the vehicle: 10 percent of crashes
- Looking at something outside the vehicle: 9 percent of crashes
- Singing/moving to music: 8 percent of crashes
- Grooming: 6 percent of crashes
- Reaching for an object: 6 percent of crashes
In the case of accident or injury in an accident involving a teenage driver, the experienced personal injury attorneys at ReidGoodwin are here to help. Call ReidGoodwin today to schedule a legal evaluation.