Anyone who operates a motor vehicle is aware that driving has a number of inherent risks. When we take to the roadways, we are not only responsible for our own safety, but also that of others with whom we share the road. When drivers fail to follow the rules of the road or behave responsibly, others can be placed at risk of harm. Such may be the case in a recent car crash that ended a woman's life and led to the arrest of a man whom Massachusetts police believe is responsible for that death.
The accident took place on a recent Friday afternoon on Route 2. A 51-year-old woman was driving in the westbound lanes of travel when another vehicle approached from the rear. That car, a Nissan Altima, struck the back of the woman's Pontiac Grand Am. The force of that impact was sufficient to propel the Grand Am into the lanes of oncoming traffic. At that point her vehicle was involved in a collision with a minivan.
The 51-year-old woman was unable to survive the resulting injuries, and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The driver of the Altima, a 20-year-old man, fled the scene of the crash. Police were later able to locate him, and he was arrested and charged with multiple crimes in connection to the incident. Those charges include vehicular homicide, operating a vehicle while under the influence, leaving the scene of a fatal accident and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.
The family of the woman who lost her life is entering the beginning stages of grief. As they begin to come to terms with their loss, they may wish to seek legal recourse for the loss of life that resulted from the choices of the other driver. A wrongful death suit is possible in the wake of this car crash, and evidence used within the man's Massachusetts criminal trial may factor into a civil suit, should the family decide to pursue this course of action.
Source: therecorder.com, "Heath woman killed, Buckland man arrested in fatal Friday Route 2 hit-and-run", Rachel Rapkin, Oct. 3, 2015