November 3, 2011
Controversy is swirling around a Danville, Virginia, car accident that left one woman dead and her sister severely injured. According to WSLS Channel 10 News, officers say the woman died of a heart attack on the way to the hospital, while her family argues she died from trauma suffered in the crash.
The accident happened on October 23 of this year just before 11:00 AM on South Main Street. The car, a 1995 Nissan Infinity driven by the woman’s sister and carrying two other teenage passengers, was rear-ended at full speed by a 2011 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. The crash caused thousands of dollars in damage to both vehicles and left the two women with several injuries. The driver suffered a cut to her head and an injured leg, while her sister was left with extreme chest pain.
Family members say the woman was unresponsive in the ambulance and have a death certificate showing the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the heart, but investigators claim the woman died of a heart attack three hours after arriving at the hospital.
Authorities say their investigation will be completed when results arrive back from the State Medical Examiner’s Office.
The Virginia Auto Accident Attorneys with the Skolrood Law Firm would like to hear from you. If the woman did die as a result of the accident, should the driver of the pickup be held responsible? Tell us your opinion by posting to our Facebook page.