The driver responsible for the death of a Concord skateboarder has recently been charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. According to the Contra Costa senior deputy district attorney, the 21-year-old Clayton woman drove her SUV through a red light prior to hitting the skateboarder last December. The charges filed against the driver include allegations that she did not properly yield to a pedestrian. It has yet to be seen whether a wrongful death claim will be pursued in addition to these charges.
The accident occurred in Concord at the intersection of Erickson Road and Monument Boulevard. The driver went through the red light at the intersection despite two drivers being stopped in the next lane. The victim of the accident was seen waiting for his green light at the crosswalk. Following the accident, he died of his injuries at a local hospital. The victim was a student at Diablo Valley College.
The sudden, unexpected loss of a loved one is emotionally distressing and leaves the victim's family and friends searching for answers. A civil wrongful death claim is an additional way to hold the person responsible for a fatal accident responsible for his or her actions.
An experienced Contra Costa attorney can assist a victim's family members in filing a claim and recovering damages on the victim's behalf. Damages for things such as pain and suffering and loss of companionship are recoverable in many cases. Many victims of wrongful death accidents need substantial medical care prior to their deaths. A wrongful death claim can also help recover damages for these medical expenses.
Source: Contra Costa Times, "Driver charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaugter in Concord skateboarder's death," Malaika Fraley & David DeBolt, Mar. 12, 2013