Connecticut pedestrian dies after being struck by car
Posted On behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jan 03, 2014 in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents
On Dec. 21, a 36-year-old man died after being struck by a vehicle on High Road in Berlin. According to reports, the 60-year-old female motorist who hit him waited until emergency responders came to assist before leaving the scene of the accident, but it's unclear whether she attempted to administer first aid. Police later caught up with her at her home and charged her with drunk driving.
Authorities say that they charged the woman based on what she told them about the events that transpired on the night of the fatal accident. According to police, the motorist paid an undisclosed bail sum instead of going to jail, but the authorities are still investigating the incident.
A spokesperson with the Berlin police said that although the pedestrian survived the initial impact, he died after being transported to the Hospital of Central Connecticut for treatment. The police also said that the man was visiting a friend's house when he went to a local convenience store; the accident occurred when he was on his way back. It is unclear where the man was standing in relation to the road when he was struck down, and reports didn't disclose the nature of the injuries he sustained.
Vehicle accidents that result in deaths may have huge effects on those who survive. Families may find themselves unable to cope with the emotional trauma they experience while they attempt to piece their lives back together and move forward, and their losses may also include financial damages. Some who lose primary wage earners also lose the ability to care for their loved ones as well or pay existing debts. Attorneys may be able to help these parties pursue wrongful death lawsuits to offset their mounting expenses.
Source: NBC Connecticut, "Driver Accused of Hitting Pedestrian Charged with DUI", December 23, 2013