Accidents involving pedestrians often have disastrous outcomes. Such is the case regarding a recent accident in California, resulting in the death of a young woman. The 27-year-old, along with her friend, were walking at night when she was hit in a crosswalk by a car.
The driver apparently ran a stop sign, hit the victim and quickly fled the scene. The victim was taken to a local hospital for medical care, but she died shortly after arriving. Her friend was able to get out of the way and was uninjured in the incident.
Thanks to evidence left at the scene, police were able to locate the driver, a 41-year-old male, and arrested him for his role in the accident. He has been charged with DUI, vehicular manslaughter and a felony hit and run. He is currently being held at a local detention center.
In this case, the police were fortunate to be able to locate the person believed to be responsible for this tragic event and provide answers to the victim's family. Surviving family members retain the legal right to pursue a wrongful death claim against this individual for the loss of their loved one after being hit in a crosswalk. Any conviction achieved in criminal court may be offered as evidence of financial responsibility in a related civil proceeding. If found liable, a civil court in California may enter a judgment for an award of monetary damages to the surviving family to at least cover the financial losses they have endured as a result of the accident.
Source: cbs8.com, "DUI suspect arrested after fatal hit-and-run", , March 29, 2014