Apr 26, 2013 |


Apr 26, 2013 - Pedestrian Accidents

Remaining attentive while driving is crucial. Today there are so many distractions for drivers, it makes it challenging to not multi-task while driving. Not being alert to the surroundings could cause a driver to collide with another vehicle or a person. If a driver is not paying close enough attention, they may go through crosswalks without double-checking or reducing their speeds. Pedestrian accidents usually result in serious injuries or could turn fatal.

A closed unsolved hit-and-run case was recently reopened. It was almost a year ago when a vehicle stuck a 76-year-old woman while she was crossing the street. She did not survive the injuries she suffered and the pedestrian accident was deemed a hit-and-run. A 26-year-old man was charged with leaving the scene of a collision causing death after an anonymous source turned him in. The suspect’s ex-girlfriend had confided in the source that turned him in. She claims that she was asleep in the vehicle and was woken up by the sound of the collision with the woman. She stated that they were near the Newark Free Library, which was the location of the pedestrian accident.

Detectives obtained a warrant to search and seize the man’s vehicle and an FBI lab confirms that the evidence left at the scene of the accident matched his vehicle. The man was arrested, charged and later released on a $1,000 bail.

Accident can be very tragic, but a hit-and-run accident can leave loved ones without answers and financial burdens. The loved ones of the deceased woman may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the man. The compensation awarded would go towards medical bills, funeral costs, damages and pain and suffering.

Source: The News Journal, “Nearly a year after tip, arrest made in hit-and-run fatal,” Terri Sanginiti, April 18, 2013.

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