Chesapeake, VA – UPDATE: Child Dies in Tugboat Crash on Elizabeth River at Jordan Bridge

Written by: Virginia Beach Injury Law

Chesapeake, VA (May 21, 2021) – An 8-year-old boy has died just days after he sustained injuries in a boat accident that occurred on the Elizabeth River Wednesday evening, May 19.

Authorities say that the incident occurred when a 59-foot tug boat and a 19-foot Carolina Skiff collided around 9:15 p.m. near the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge in Chesapeake.

Virginia Marine Police say that 36-year-old David Myatt was pronounced dead at the scene. Another man, identified as 37-year-old Matthew Tillman, suffered minor injuries. The boy was rushed to CHKD in serious condition, and Col. Matthew Rogers said the boy died early Friday morning. His name has not been released.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the families of David Myatt and the deceased victim. Our thoughts are with Matthew Tillman and any other affected victims in hopes of a full recovery.

Fatal Boating Accidents in Virginia

Throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, victims on mopeds, motorcycles, scooters, boats, and other similar vehicles are at a heightened risk of suffering catastrophic or fatal injuries when collisions occur. In fact, hundreds of victims are rushed to area medical centers after these accidents. Oftentimes, victims must undergo emergency medical treatment and spend days or even weeks in recovery. Furthermore, victims may succumb to their injuries after these accidents, forcing families to endure overwhelming pain and suffering after the tragic loss of a loved one unexpectedly.

Not only do grieving families endure mental and emotional suffering in the aftermath of an accident, but they are also left with exorbitant expenses related to medical treatment, property repairs, funeral costs, and more. When victims sustain fatal injuries in accidents as a result of another party’s negligent actions, their families should contact an aggressive and knowledgeable wrongful death lawyer in Virginia as soon as they’re able.

When you work with a competent, compassionate Virginia Beach attorney, your family can better move forward and recover after experiencing a loss resulting from these accidents. Virginia personal injury attorney Ron Kramer of Virginia Beach Law Firm has years of experience helping grieving families get the justice they deserve. Our legal team provides proven, effective guidance to ensure you and your family are able to protect your legal rights after a catastrophic collision has occurred. We will stop at nothing to ensure our clients are in the best position possible after an accident. If you’ve lost a loved one in an accident in the Virginia Beach area, reach out to our Virginia personal injury law firm at (757) 802-4662 to schedule a free case evaluation at your earliest convenience. We are here to help you explore all legal options available to you after an accident.

Note: Our team of writers uses secondary sources when gathering information for these posts.  This includes, but is not limited to local news stories, police accident reports, and eyewitness accounts of injury accidents in the Hampton Roads area.  Our staff does not independently verify the information in our posts.  As a result, if you find any information that is not correct or if you would prefer that we remove the post, please contact our firm right away so that we can make the appropriate changes to reflect the most accurate information available or remove the post.

Disclaimer: Virginia Beach Injury Law has worked hard throughout the years to become valued members of the local Virginia Beach business community.  Our goal in writing these posts is to inform and educate Virginia residents about the dangers of driving and boating in hopes that everyone will use caution when operating any type of vehicle or watercraft and avoid being involved in a serious accident. This post should not be misconstrued as a solicitation for business.  These posts are not intended to be legal or medical advice.  The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene. 

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