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7 victims of horrific Virginia Beach SUV crash to survive

Authorities in Virginia Beach said that all of the seven people injured in a recent three-car accident will survive. The crash, which happened on a recent Tuesday, involved a sport utility vehicle, a minivan and a car. It happened at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Three children were riding in the SUV at the time of the crash. One child was pinned underneath the giant vehicle. According to one witness, the child beneath the SUV was screaming and calling out for her mother.

Allegedly, the crash happened when the woman driving a Ford SUV ran through a red light at the intersection of Cypress Avenue and Virginia Beach Boulevard. A Mazda Millennia, which was crossing through the intersection on the green light, was struck by the SUV. The Millennia spun out of control until it hit a pole. The SUV spun out of control as well and collided with a third vehicle, a Mazda MPV, which had been waiting at the red light.

The collision caused the SUV to partially roll over until it came to rest on the MPV, but one of the children in the SUV was ejected and then trapped beneath the SUV. Passers-by and drivers who were in the vicinity launched into action, trying to lift the SUV off the trapped and screaming girl, but at first they were unsuccessful. Later, all of the injured were tended to -- including the trapped girl -- and transported to a hospital for treatment.

The 24-year-old driver of the SUV was charged for running the red light, having unrestrained children and other violations.

Negligent drivers can be held responsible for the accidents, property damages, personal injuries and deaths they cause. Not only can they be held accountable in criminal court, but people who are harmed by them can also pursue legal claims against them for financial restitution in Virginia civil court.

Source: 13newsnow.com, "Victims of 3 car crash in Va. Beach expected to survive," July 01, 2015

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