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Family seeks answers
Wreck victim's sister says she spoke with medical center
Thursday, August 28, 2014
By BEN R. WILLIAMS - Bulletin Staff Writer
For the family of Kim Hopkins, answers have not been easy to come by.
Hopkins, 57, was injured in a motorcycle-pickup collision on Saturday and died later that day at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.
However, Hopkins’ family was not notified of his death until Monday.
Hopkins’ sister, Lisa Hines, said she went to Baptist Medical Center on Wednesday morning to retrieve Hopkins’ personal belongings, along with the medical records detailing the attempts that doctors made Saturday to save her brother’s life.
While there, Hines said, she spoke with a member of the hospital’s administration who assured her that the hospital would conduct an investigation into why Hopkins’ family was not notified of his death.
“She does not know why we were not notified and she was very sympathetic,” Hines said. “She was very sincere about it. She told me that the doctor that attended (Hopkins) Saturday would be very shocked to hear that we were not notified. She was going to contact him and in turn get him to call me, but I haven’t heard from him yet.”
Hines said she was assured that once the hospital’s investigation is complete, the family will be notified of the results.
A spokesman at Baptist Medical Center declined to comment to the Martinsville Bulletin on the issue Tuesday, saying the family members would have to find out why they were not notified sooner.
Hines said that although she is aware that mistakes are sometimes made, it is hard to feel satisfied given the lack of answers. She wants to know how the incident happened from the standpoints of the Virginia State Police and the hospital, she said.
A spokesman for the state police told the Bulletin on Tuesday that his organization didn’t learn of Hopkins’ death until Monday.
The loss has been difficult for the entire family, Hines said.
“It’s really hard on a family when you lose someone like that, but then to find out that they had passed away two days earlier ... it’s very hard,” she said. “You realize that your family member passed away totally alone. I know they did everything they could to save him, according to all the records, but it’s just very hard to realize that he was deceased for two days.”
“I sure don’t want this to happen to anybody else,” Hines added.
According to previous Bulletin reports, the accident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Sandy River Road and A.L. Philpott Highway.
The Chevrolet pickup involved in the accident was driven by Martin Hugh Hardy Jr., 72, of Axton, according to a state police news release. He was charged with fail to yield the right of way, the release added.