Elderly Nursing Home Resident Dies After Being Struck By Vehicle Near Facility

A dementia patient of an assisted living facility has died after wandering away unnoticed from the facility. According to police, the 79-year-old resident was struck by a vehicle traveling 25 mile per hour through an intersection. The accident occurred about 6 p.m. Tuesday. the resident was taken to the hospital where he died later that night.

County and state investigators looking into the case said Thursday that a the resident should nor have been out of the facility due to his advanced dementia. However a resident of the area told police that she recognized the man as someone who was out walking alone on a regular basis.

This is the second incident of a wandering death at the facility. In 2006 a 67-year-old resident wandered from the facility and drowned in a nearby creek. The facility has a troubled past with fines totaling over $40,000 since 2006. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia

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