An accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian often results in catastrophic injury or death due to the vulnerability of the pedestrian. Recently, a vehicle struck a woman as she was crossing a Texas street. The injuries she suffered were such that she succumbed to them before treatment could be provided by emergency responders. Unfortunately, the driver of the vehicle involved in this fatal accident fled the scene without stopping to render aid.
Thankfully, several witnesses to the incident were able to provide police with a description of the truck. Further, one of the witnesses found a license plate at the scene believed to be from the vehicle that struck the woman. The man suspected of driving the blue pickup truck turned himself in to police the day after the crash.
Information from witnesses and evidence gathered at the scene appears to support the authorities' belief they have the right person in custody. That person, a 28-year-old man, is currently facing charges of failing to stop and aid the victim. No other information regarding the ongoing investigation, the possibility of additional charges or bond was released.
A fatal accident involving a hit-and-run driver can leave victims and their families reeling. With the help of witnesses and investigators, many of these accidents are solved and some sense of justice may be served. Since this victim failed to survive her injuries, her family retains the right to pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver that hit her. Based upon satisfactory proof of negligence, a Texas civil court could order payment to the family of damages for the financial losses the accident created.
Source: beaumontenterprise.com, License plate found in Texas pedestrian death, No author, Jan. 3, 2014