On Friday, Oct. 11, at approximately 7 p.m., a man riding his bicycle was struck by what is believed to be a Jeep Cherokee. Tragically, the 58-year-old bicyclist was killed as a result of the injuries he suffered in the car accident. The driver responsible for hitting the man fled the scene of the accident. He or she continues to be at large, and Massachusetts State Police are currently searching for both the driver and the vehicle.
The daughter of the deceased man said that her father had survived a liver transplant in 1991. Additionally, she said he almost died last year due to complications from that transplant, but he managed to recover. This survivor, who was a valued member of his family, will be truly missed by his children and the community.
Collision reconstruction experts, employed by the Massachusetts State Police, have attempted to put together pieces of the vehicle found at the crash site. They believe the debris came from a Jeep Grand Cherokee issued between 2005 and 2009. They also suspect that the vehicle was light in color. Police believe the Jeep is probably missing its front right marker lens, has a broken right headlight and has damage to its front right bumper.
If and when the owner of this vehicle is located and identified by police, law enforcement officers may choose to press criminal charges against the individual. He or she will likely face a hit-and-run charge and possibly a vehicular manslaughter charge relating to the car accident. Further, the family of the man who died will be able to pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver, to seek justice and financial restitution for the loss of their loved one and the financial burden that remains.
Source: wcvb.com, Jeep Cherokee sought in hit-and-run death of Middleborough man, Neil Ungerleider, Oct. 15, 2013