Pedestrian William Evan Gavin tragically struck in Franklin County accident
FRANKLIN COUNTY, VA — The Roanoke Times is reporting today that William Evan Gavin was tragically struck and killed while walking along the road in Franklin County, Virginia. Mr. Gavin is a native of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Under Virginia law, motorists are responsible to keep a lookout for pedestrians while traveling on roads and highways, especially in areas where people may be walking alongside the curb. While pedestrians may not cross a road without using a crosswalk, pedestrians – especially in rural communities like Franklin County – may lawfully use the curb to walk alongside the road near traffic. It is the duty of all drivers to keep a safe lookout.
It is unclear whether charges will be filed against the driver who tragically struck Mr. Gavin. Virginia law makes it a crime, involuntary manslaughter, to drive recklessly and unintentionally cause the death of another. It is not apparent whether the driver – whose name has not yet been released by State Police – was driving while distracted.
You can learn more about Virginia’s pedestrian laws by visiting VA DMV Pedestrian Safety. If you have any information about the above case, please contact the Virginia State Police at (804) 674-2000.