American Mirror Company Fined for Citations Related to Worker-Fatality

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Images are representative, not actual event.

January 20, 2016- Galax, VA

The American Mirror Company was fined $2,450.00 by the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for citations related to a maintenance worker’s death.

The OSHA investigation was initiated after Benjamin Lee Hancock, age 34, was killed after he became trapped in a piece of equipment at the company’s plant on East Stuart Drive in Galax, and suffocated. Continue reading

Two Injured, One Dead After Head-on Collision

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January 13, 2016- Richmond, VA

Helene V. Day, age 71, died as a result of life-threatening injuries sustained in a head-on collision near Richmond’s Byrd Park Tuesday night.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that at around 7:25 p.m., a 2013 Hyundai Sonata heading northbound on Park Drive crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a 2002 Honda Accord traveling southbound.

Day, who was a passenger in the Honda, was transported to the hospital, where she later died. The driver of the Honda, as well as an additional passenger, were also taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Continue reading

Security guard shoots, critically injures patient at Lynchburg General Hospital

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January 11, 2016- Lynchburg, VA

At approximately 4:00 PM Monday afternoon, a Centra security officer shot and critically injured a patient at Lynchburg General Hospital.

ABC 8 News reports that the security guard fired the shots during a “physical altercation with an adult male patient.”

In the state of Virginia, armed security officers must register with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and successfully complete 50-53 hours of required training. These guidelines are outlined in the Private Security Services Code of Virginia. Continue reading

Mechanicsville Man Killed in Tragic Hunting Accident

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Images are representative, not actual event.

January 6, 2016- Richmond County, VA

Keith Williams, age 60, died after he was shot in a hunting accident over the weekend.

According to ABC 8 News, Williams was participating in an organized hunting party of about 45 to 50 people at the time of the shooting. The shooter, 45-year-old Wavely Veney, reportedly mistook Williams for game and discharged one round of buckshot from a 12-gauge shotgun.

Williams was airlifted to VCU Medical Center, where he eventually succumbed to gunshot wounds in the torso and pelvic area. Williams was wearing blaze orange at the time of the shooting.

Veney has since been arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter, hunting without the proper licenses, violation of a protective order, reckless handling of a firearm and attempting to take deer unlawfully. ABC 8 News reports that Veney was not legally permitted to have a gun due to a protective order against him.

In Virginia, all hunters must be licensed by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries; which includes the completion of a ten-hour mandated hunter education course specifically designed to promote hunter safety. Hunting without the proper licenses and permits is not only illegal; it can contribute directly to tragic accidents like the one described above.

If you or a loved one is injured as a result of improper or negligent gun-handling, contact the experienced attorneys at ReidGoodwin today to schedule a legal evaluation.


Suspect Crashes, Flips SUV While Fleeing From Richmond Police

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Richmond, VA

A suspect faces serious charges after leading Richmond police on a high speed chase that left one woman hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

The suspect’s sport utility vehicle was initially stopped for driving recklessly around 5:21 p.m. at Larchmont Lane and East 37th Street. After fleeing the traffic stop, the suspect sideswiped several cars before colliding with the victim’s car at Midlothian Turnpike and East Broad Rock Road in South Richmond. The force of the collision caused the SUV to flip over, at which point officers were able to apprehend the suspect and transport him to VCU Medical Center for evaluation.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that authorities recovered a handgun thrown from the suspect’s vehicle during the pursuit.

According to a recent analysis conducted by USA TODAY, more than 5,000 bystanders and passengers have been killed in police car chases since 1979, with bystanders and the passengers in chased cars accounting for nearly half of those fatalities. Continue reading

Deadly Car Accidents On the Rise in Chesterfield County; Across the State

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According to the National Safety Council, the United States is on pace for the deadliest driving year since 2007 – and Virginia is no exception.

Data released by the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Virginia Highway Safety Office shows that while car-related fatalities in the Commonwealth totaled 700 in 2014, as of August 19, 2015, Virginia has already reached 438 car-related fatalities.

NBC 12 reports that state-wide, sport utility vehicle fatalities have increased 117%; teen driver fatalities have increased 20%; and fatalities among drivers 65 and up have increased 7%.

In Chesterfield there have been 20 fatal crashes so far, compared to 7 fatal crashes in Chesterfield this time last year

Traffic accidents may happen in the blink of an eye, but the repercussions can haunt victims for years. The experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at ReidGoodwin have the experience to ensure justice for victims of auto accidents. If you or a loved one was involved in an accident, call ReidGoodwin today to schedule a legal evaluation.


Man Dies Sunday After Altercation With VCU Security Guard

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August 11, 2015- Richmond, VA

Philip Whitaker III, age 64, died Sunday afternoon after sustaining a serious head injury during an altercation with a Virginia Commonwealth University security guard.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Mr. Whitaker was picking up a prescription at the University’s Ambulatory Care Center Pharmacy on Friday afternoon, when a disagreement with a security guard over whether it was Whitaker’s turn to approach the pharmacy window led to a physical confrontation.  Police have not released the name of the security firm employed by VCU at the Ambulatory Care Center Pharmacy, but did inform the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the guard in question is expected to face criminal charges. Continue reading