Being in college can be a very exciting time in a young person’s life. Sadly, accidents can take place during that time that may cut a student’s experience and life short. If an individual is involved in a hit-and-run pedestrian accident, it is possible that fatal injuries may be an outcome due to a person having little protection against the mass of a motor vehicle.
A student in Illinois was recently killed in a hit-and-run accident as he was traveling on foot. It was reported that the 20-year-old student was leaving his girlfriend’s residence when he was hit by a car during the early morning hours. The driver of the vehicle left the scene, but he has since been apprehended by authorities and identified as a 21-year-old male.
The pedestrian was put on life support after being transported from the scene, but he was recently declared dead after his family removed the life support. They wanted to ensure that his organs would be donated to individuals in need. The driver of the car was charged for leaving the scene of a fatal accident and cited for driving while intoxicated.
The family and friends of the victim have expressed much grief over the sudden loss of the Illinois student. Because the driver involved in the hit-and-run accident is facing criminal charges, the family may want to follow the case in order to be aware of the outcome. If the driver is convicted of the charges, the family may wish to use that information as evidence if they choose to pursue their own civil case by filing a wrongful death claim.
Source: Chicago Tribune, “ISU student from Crystal Lake dies after being struck by car in Normal“, Amanda Marrazzo, Jan. 27, 2015