• January 28, 2022

Espana Santiago Killed in Auto-Pedestrian Accident on Virginia Ave in Henry County, VA

Henry County, VA -- January 26, 2022, 21-year-old Espana Santiago was killed by a tractor-trailer while walking from a prior accident on on Virginia Avenue in Henry County.

Authorities say the incident began around 2:10 a.m. on Virginia Avenue near Business Route 220. Preliminary investigation suggests Santiago was in a Hyundai Sonata with 24-year-old Breyner Dominguez when the vehicle ran off the road and overturned near the Business 220 exit ramp.

Dominguez suffered fatal injuries in the wreck. Reports indicate Santiago exited the vehicle and walked along Virginia in the roadway. He was fatally struck by a commercial 18-wheeler a short distance from where the Hyundai crashed. The truck driver was unhurt.

The crash remains under investigation as officials try to determine which of the Hyundai's occupants was driving that night.

No further information is currently available.

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News reports paint in pretty broad strokes about this accident as investigators work to learn its finer details, but some folks may also feel there's little else to say. Most would agree that it's quite dangerous for a pedestrian to walk in the travel lanes of the road at night, but that doesn't automatically mean the truck driver that hit the second victim in Henry County is wholly in the clear. It's important to find out where exactly the pedestrian was in the road, how much time passed between he started walking and when he was hit by the truck, if the area was lit at all, how avoidable the accident should have been, and what if anything the driver could have done differently.

Some may not immediately see the point of trying to find out so many specifics if police say no charges will be filed. It's important to understand that "committed no criminal act" is not the same thing as "did nothing wrong." Guilt is a criminal matter but liability is a civil one. Law enforcement may not feel that any criminal violation occurred, but that doesn't necessarily mean the truck driver didn't act negligently if careful investigation found they were speeding or looking at their phone at the time.

Further investigation or a jury's decision might still determine the driver did everything they could and neither they nor their employer are at all liable for the tragic loss of a man's life, but all that can only be determined after careful attention is paid to the accident and all its potential factors. Once a clearer picture of what occurred comes together, further steps--if any--can be addressed.

Espana Santiago Killed in Auto-Pedestrian Accident on Virginia Ave in Henry County, VA

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