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Virginia Beach Scooter Accident Leads to Death of Young Man

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Cory Dyer was going about his day as a parking enforcement contractor for Central Parking System when his life came to a sudden, tragic end. He was riding a motorized scooter in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA), and was hit and killed by an SUV. This unnecessary accident occurred at the intersection of 18th Street and Pacific Avenue.

Dyer was only 21 years old.

The 2002 Chevrolet Suburban SUV tried to turn left onto 18th Street when it hit Dyer, who was wearing a helmet. Unfortunately, the impact was so strong that it knocked Dyer off his scooter and he wound up 10 to 15 feet from the accident.

The at-fault SUV driver was charged with failure to yield the right-of-way while making a left turn, according to the Virginian-Pilot.

My deepest condolences go out to the Dyer family. This is a heartbreaking accident since the victim was so young and had his entire life ahead of him.

I remember renting mopeds along the Virginia Beach strip as a teenager, and I enjoyed many scooper trips. Accidents like this one illustrate just how disproportionate the damage is between a large vehicle and someone riding a motorized bike like a scooter. I recently completed a South Carolina (SC) wrongful death case involving a victim who was riding on a scooter and was hit and killed by a driver.

The Dyer family should consider filing a wrongful death claim. Dyer appears to have done everything right: He wore a helmet and reports do not indicate he was speeding or was under the influence of any intoxicants. It appears this tragic scooter accident could have been avoided if the SUV driver had been more vigilant.

About the Editors: The Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm, which has offices in Virginia (VA) and North Carolina (NC), edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as pro bono services.

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