When a party leaves the scene of an accident, they may feel they will be able to get rid of some of the evidence against them. However, by fleeing the scene, they are likely only further incriminating themselves. If the drivers involved in pedestrian accidents do not stop to help the victims, the victims could potentially suffer longer without medical attention and additional charges could be filed against the drivers.
A driver involved in a pedestrian accident in Illinois was recently charged. According to reports, a woman was allegedly moving in and out of traffic when she was struck by a vehicle. The driver of that vehicle reportedly did not remain at the scene. It was later determined that the driver sold his vehicle at a scrap yard before coming forward.
Authorities apparently became alerted to the woman after receiving calls of her walking near traffic. At approximately 2:30 a.m., officers found the woman’s body. She had suffered fatal injuries due to the hit and run. At this time, the driver involved has been charged with failure to report a fatal accident and obstruction of justice.
Fatal pedestrian accidents can deeply affect the family of the victim and other related parties. As a result, they may face emotional and financial hurdles as they make funeral arrangements and other necessary plans. If they feel that it could be right for their situation, the family of the victim may wish to consider their options for filing a wrongful death claim in Illinois. Such a claim could allow them to pursue a case in which they work toward gaining financial restitution for their loss.
Source: stltoday.com, “Man charged in Breese hit-and-run death“, , June 13, 2014
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