Drivers and pedestrians must be more aware during evening hours as a driver’s visibility can be hindered by the darkness of the night. The lack of visibility raises the threat of accidents in high traffic areas in Connecticut between motor vehicles and those on foot. Unfortunately, Bridgeport recently suffered a loss of a widely known citizen in a tragic pedestrian accident shortly after night fell.
Late Saturday evening, a local man lost his life after a small car hit him at an intersection. The man became wedged underneath the front of the car. It is unclear if the driver was aware that the victim was attached to the vehicle, but the driver continued to drive, dragging the man for several feet. As emergency responders arrived, the victim needed to be physically removed from being pinned underneath the car. The homeless man was taken to the hospital for treatment, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Initially, the driver and the passengers fled the scene. However, the driver did return to claim responsibility in the accident. At this point in the investigation, it is unclear of the direction the vehicle was traveling as well as the victim’s walking path. Police have not yet determined if the driver will be charged.
An unexpected pedestrian accident can lead to serious injury or death. Though the guilty party may be charged in the incident, Connecticut victims and family members can file a wrongful death claim with the aid of a knowledgeable attorney. Any monetary damages awarded as the result of a successfully litigated claim can help cover funeral and burial expenses, along with other monetary damages recognized by applicable laws.
Source: connecticut.news12.com, “Pedestrian killed in Bridgeport after hit, dragged by car“, Feb. 26, 2018