The death of a loved one can be difficult in any situation. But, when the death occurs due to the negligence or recklessness of another person, it can be that much harder for the surviving family members. Unfortunately, a recent auto-pedestrian collision in North Carolina resulted in a fatality and, to make matters worse, the driver fled the scene.
Hit-and-run fatality in Mecklenburg County
According to the news reports, the incident in question occurred in the early morning hours of April 11. The law enforcement investigation began when calls of a car accident were received and, when police arrived on the scene, they discovered the 36-year-old female victim in the roadway suffering from “serious” injuries. The victim was quickly transported to a hospital for medical treatment, but she died from her extensive injuries.
The reports indicate that law enforcement officials were able to determine that a Ford Expedition had entered the intersection near the victim, striking her. The driver did not remain on the scene, and in the immediate aftermath of the incident law enforcement officials were still looking for the vehicle and the driver.
When a person’s death is caused in this type of scenario, it may be possible for the victim’s surviving family members to pursue a wrongful death claim. Such a lawsuit, if successful, could result in an award of financial compensation. The recent incident likely has the victim’s family members looking for options – and justice. Hopefully the driver who reportedly caused the collision will be caught soon. A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil litigation option that could help people who find themselves in this type of unfortunate situation.