A man was arrested recently after he allegedly left the scene of a fatal accident in Massachusetts, which occurred on Oct. 29, 2013. According to police, the 34-year-old man's vehicle hit and killed a 35-year-old pedestrian in the tragic auto crash. The woman was walking with her husband, who was also struck but did not suffer serious injuries.
The driver was tracked down by police after finding his license plate at the accident scene. He later turned himself in at the local police station after authorities spoke with his father. When he came to the station, he arrived in a black SUV with damage to its front end.
Police seized the man's cellphone to check if he had been texting or calling someone at the time of the accident. He was charged with fleeing a fatal accident scene, and his bail set at $10,000 cash. If the man is convicted of the crime, he could face up to 10 years in prison. He was already on probation for marijuana distribution charges, and his criminal record includes other arrests for drug possession, driving under the influence and shoplifting.
According to the man, he panicked after hitting the woman and then drove around in his car until his father called him. Fleeing from a Massachusetts accident scene involving injury is illegal. Should the husband of the deceased woman wish to pursue a wrongful death action against the driver in this auto crash, he may be able to recoup money that will help pay for funeral expenses and other financial damages recognized by Massachusetts law.. This accident is certainly tragic for all parties involved, and while there is no amount of money that could ever replace the life of someone dear, a successful wrongful death lawsuit could serve give surviving family members some sense of closure regarding the tragedy.
Source: heraldnews.com, Arrest made in fatal Somerset hit-and-run accident, Brian Fraga Herald, Oct. 30, 2013