A hit and run accident can lead to criminal charges in many cases. However, when a hit and run turns fatal, the family of a victim may also be able to pursue a claim of wrongful death. A woman recently lost her life on an Indiana roadway after she was hit by a driver who left the scene.
The accident occurred in the early morning as the woman, a 44-year-old, was crossing a street in Indianapolis. The vehicle left the scene and police were then on the hunt for that vehicle and its driver. Police conducted a search and later located the vehicle that was alleged to have been involved. It was found abandoned at a business that was near the scene of the crash.
After processing the vehicle, police found and questioned a man they believe was involved. The 23-year-old man was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a crash that caused bodily injury. That driver was also given a blood test.
The seriousness of the charges faced by the driver may possibly escalate due to the fact that the accident victim died. In Indiana, the family of a hit and run victim who dies can pursue a wrongful death claim, and if successful, a judgment for monetary damages sustained may be awarded. In a situation such as this, damages awarded to a family may help tremendously when it comes to dealing with mounting medical bills, funeral costs and/or the impact lost wages have on a family who has suddenly lost a loved one.
Source: fox59.com, “Suspect detained, victim identified after fatal hit-and-run on south side“, Matt Adams, May 20, 2015