Hit-and-run driver kills woman in Florida crash

Unfortunately, it is a common occurrence for a pedestrian to be killed by a hit-and-run driver. In one recent case, a woman was originally suffering from life-threatening injuries following a hit-and-run crash. In an update, Florida authorities announced that the woman died in the hospital.

On a recent Saturday night, the woman attempted to wave down a vehicle after she was involved in a domestic altercation. An oncoming vehicle struck her, and the driver allegedly fled the area. The woman was transported to a medical facility for treatment of severe injuries. However, she was unable to survive and succumbed to her injuries.

Initial reports asked for help from the community in locating the hit-and-run driver who was believed to have been driving a white passenger car. Just over two hours later, it was reported that the driver had been identified, but that no charges had yet been filed. The investigation was reported to be ongoing.

This woman’s Florida vacation turned into a tragedy her family members. Regardless of whether the driver is charged criminally for his part in the crash, and regardless of the outcome of any criminal trial, the family members of the deceased may still have the option to file a wrongful death claim against him in a Florida civil court. If the claim is successfully litigated, the family members could be awarded compensation for their losses that stemmed from the death of their loved one. Such an award is often compensation not only for end-of-life expenses but also for future lost wages and loss of companionship.

Source: St. Petersburg, Fl. Patch, “Update: Pedestrian Dies After Hit-And-Run Crash“, Sherri Lonon, Dec. 29, 2014

Florida mother and child killed in crash, along with 2 others

A 2-year-old girl and her mother never made it home from a recent Christmas shopping trip. They, along with the woman driving the vehicle in which they were traveling, were killed in a crash that happened on a Florida roadway on their way home. Florida Highway Patrol says that the other driver was traveling in the wrong direction.

According to reports, a 32-year-old male was operating an SUV on a state highway in Central Florida. He was driving the wrong way on the roadway when his vehicle crashed head on into the other vehicle. Both the mother and her child were killed, along with both of the drivers. Authorities are still trying to find out more information as to why the driver of the SUV was driving the wrong way.

The family of the woman says that she was pursuing a career as a registered nurse and was a certified nursing assistant. She was also planning on returning to college in January. The accident is still being investigated and police are also working to determine if the other driver may have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Unfortunately, innocent lives were taken in this tragedy. When a fatal crash like this happens, surviving families are usually left with emotional turmoil and may wonder what their legal rights are. The families of the deceased victims may have the right to file wrongful death claims against the driver of the SUV for their losses. Wrongful death compensation may provide financial stability to families who are left with unexpected expenses.

Source: floridatoday.com, “Three Brevard residents killed in Orange County crash“, Wayne Price, Dec. 15, 2014

Florida couple killed in crash Thanksgiving night

The negligent acts of one driver can be dangerous for others and can also lead to injuries and even deaths. A recent Florida car crash claimed the lives of a couple in St. Petersburg. Preliminary reports suggest that the other driver was under the influence.

The accident happened on Thanksgiving night when the couple was on their way home from a friend’s house. Upon a preliminary investigation, it was revealed that the crash was caused when a driver of an SUV collided with a vehicle and fled. Afterward, he crashed into the couple’s vehicle. It was reported that the driver was moving in excess of 100 mph.

Police say that the other driver’s blood alcohol content was double the legal limit. He was charged with DUI manslaughter and other charges. The deceased victims, ages 64 and 53, were originally from Pittsburgh and had lived in Florida for about 12 years.

The surviving family is left with the devastating effects of losing their loves ones in a car crash. This is especially tragic since the deaths were directly attributable to the actions of an alleged drunk driver. Not only is the other driver faced with criminal charges in Florida, but he may also be faced with civil action as well. The family may pursue wrongful death claims in an attempt to recover monetary damages as a result of this horrific collision.  While litigation will not undo what has already taken place, the family may ultimately feel some sense of justice in seeking to establish financial liability on the part of the driver blamed for the deaths of their loved ones.

Source: CBS Pittsburgh, “Pittsburgh Couple Killed In High-Speed Crash In Fla.“, Nov. 29, 2014

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