Driving and walking on public streets can be dangerous, and municipalities have created safety protections like stoplights and crosswalks as a solution. Even so, individuals get injured on the roads every day. When one becomes part of an accident, it is expected that one would stay at the scene to help and to wait for authorities. In a recent news story out of Connecticut, one pedestrian accident victim has died, and the driver that struck her did not stop to help.
The incident happened at approximately 2 a.m. in a crosswalk. Security camera footage shows that the woman was in the crosswalk as she traversed the street, but it also shows that there was a green light. A car continued through the green light and struck the woman.
Witnesses alerted the authorities. Police arrived on the scene and tried to provide aid to the woman, who had been knocked to the side of the road. She was transported to the hospital and was later pronounced dead. The car did not stop, but thanks to security footage, the police have identified the vehicle.
Police have not yet brought the suspect into custody. Also, it is not clear whether the driver is completely at fault for the accident since he or she was apparently following traffic rules. However, they neglected the duty to stop at the scene of an accident, which may have hastened the death of the pedestrian accident victim. The family of the Connecticut woman may be interested in seeking justice. A personal injury attorney could potentially help this family of any other family contending with the wrongful death of their loved one.
Source: NBC Connecticut, “Woman Killed in Hartford Hit-and-Run“, Stephanie O’Connell and Kristen Johnson, Sept. 16, 2017