Friends, family, and running advocates of a local runner have taken to social media and the web to set up a place where supporters can give donations to benefit the her family members. Within the first two days, more than $60,000 had been donated to benefit the victim’s two children.
The 31-year-old runner, Jaime Rowley, was struck and killed on Wednesday, March 12, while going on an early morning run through her Broadlands neighborhood. Around 6:45 a.m., she was jogging along Waxpool Road near the intersection of Claiborne Parkway when a 61-year-old woman driving a Nissan Rogue hit her. The unnamed driver did stop her vehicle and began to administer CPR on Rowley until a Virginia State Trooper arrived on the scene. She was then transported by ambulance to Inova Loudoun Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The Virginia State Police department stated that alcohol was not a contributing factor in the crash, but an ongoing investigation is in progress. Police have communicated with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office to determine if there are any potential charges against the responsible driver.
At Lewis & Tompkins, we’ve seen too many pedestrians injured or killed in motor vehicle accidents, and are committed to seeking justice for victims and their families. In 2012, Virginia saw 100 pedestrians tragically die in motor vehicle accidents, and 1862 more suffered injuries in these incidents. We’d like to urge drivers and pedestrians to avoid distractions when out on the road. Your attention and vigilance could save someone’s life.