Most people who walk in the vicinity of traffic realize that they face potential risks. However, most of them also probably assume that drivers will take extra care when pedestrians are nearby. That is typically true, but unfortunately, accidents involving pedestrians happen all too often. One Florida woman recently lost her life in a pedestrian accident after a driver fled the scene of a prior accident.
Authorities say the incident happened on a recent afternoon when a young man driving his sedan struck a car at an intersection. He allegedly left the scene of that crash and ran a red light before hitting another car. Police say that his car then hit a woman using a crosswalk. She died at the scene of the accident and her identity hasn’t been released.
Officials kept the road closed for several hours as they investigated the incident. The man has been charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a crash. There is no word on why he may have fled the scene of the first car accident.
A tragic event like this one can serve as a reminder that life is often unpredictable. The family of the woman may decide to file a civil claim against the man and any other parties deemed responsible for her death. A successfully-litigated claim could result in monetary damages that could be used to cover any expenses related to the pedestrian accident. Those here in Florida who find themselves in a similar situation may wish to consult an experienced personal injury attorney to determine exactly what options are available.