When an 86-year-old passes away, usually it is due to health issues which, while devastating, are also generally expected for older age groups. Senior citizens, though, can also be victims of fatal car accidents. Due to their unexpected nature, these types of tragedies can be even more traumatic than the effects of a long-term illness.

Recently, a beloved 86-year-old volunteer with the Tuckahoe Volunteer Rescue Squad lost her life in a shocking crash. At Midway and Parham roads in Henrico, the woman’s car collided head-on with another vehicle. The older woman died at the scene of the accident, while the other driver of the car suffered life-threatening injury and had to be taken to the hospital. While it is unclear what, or who, exactly caused the crash, police have ruled out speed and alcohol as possible contributors.

The loss of life of a senior citizen is no less heartbreaking than the loss of someone in another age group. In this case, the octogenarian had been spending her golden years as a particularly beloved volunteer whose loss was mentioned in a press release from the rescue squad. In the past, the woman had mentioned that her life had been given purpose through her volunteer work. In the release, the rescue squad noted how volunteers are like family, and the woman will be missed.

Following a loved one’s sudden death, it can be extremely overwhelming to deal with the aftermath. In addition to the initial trauma of the death itself, the period following a fatal accident can present a host of financial shocks. These can include medical expenses prior to the deceased person’s passing, as well as funeral expenses which can run into many thousands of dollars. A wrongful death lawsuit could effectively address the expenses which rapidly mount after a deadly incident.

Source: NBC 12, “Henrico accident victim was Tuckahoe rescue squad volunteer,” Marshall Norton, May 28, 2014