Danger Zone: Slowing for a Disabled Vehicle
Even if you are following all public safety rules, great care must be taken when faced with a disabled vehicle on the highway. You can obey the law and slow down as required, but there certainly will be drivers behind you that will not.
A deadly crash on Interstate 64 in Newport News, Virginia last week appears to be an example of this principle. The crash, likely caused by reckless driving and following too close, claimed the lives of a grandmother and granddaughter in the Hampton Roads area. Pennie Leveeren was driving with granddaughter Shekinah Parker on I-64 when they slowed down and changed lanes due to a disabled vehicle in their path. The driver behind them, according to preliminary reports, did not slow and hit them from the rear. Unfortunately, both died from their injuries. The suspect driver was charged with reckless driving and following too close.
Shekinah had just graduated from Woodside High School in Newport News, and was looking forward to beginning college at Virginia Commonwealth University.