Hit-and-run accidents are events that can easily make an already difficult situation more complicated than necessary. With pedestrian accidents, individuals who are injured in the event could suffer longer than necessary without medical attention, if a driver does not remain on the scene to call emergency services or offer assistance. Furthermore, leaving the scene of an accident also results in an additional criminal element.
Such an incident recently took place in Florida and resulted in a fatality. Reports stated that authorities came to the scene of the accident at approximately 6:30 a.m. A pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle, but the driver of the vehicle did not remain on the scene. However, witnesses followed the driver, and he was later taken into custody.
The pedestrian was reported as being a 35-year-old woman, and she was taken to an area hospital. However, she was declared dead after arriving at the medical facility. At the time of the report, the driver of the vehicle had been charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. The incident was still being investigated at the time of the report, and additional charges could come about later.
When pedestrian accidents result in deaths, the families of the victims can feel a variety of emotions and face numerous challenges. The surviving loved ones of this Florida victim may feel particularly distraught over the fact that the driver did not remain at the scene. If they feel it could suit their circumstances, they may wish to consider filing a wrongful death claim against the driver in order to seek compensation for monetary damages.