Before Connecticut residents are awarded a driver’s license, they are taught what to do if they are ever involved in a car accident. Proper accident procedure requires drivers involved in an accident, regardless of fault, to maneuver to the side of the road as soon as they are safely able, call the police and, if possible, render aid to any injured victims until help arrives. When a driver chooses to ignore these rules, a victim’s chance of survival is drastically lowered. This was the case in a recent fatal hit-and-run accident.
An innocent man suffered serious injuries when the motorcycle he was riding was struck by another vehicle. Witnesses told police that the man was struck with such force, his head went through the vehicle’s windshield and became lodged in the glass. The offending driver chose to speed away, with the injured victim still stuck on his vehicle. Police found the body of the victim, deceased, a few blocks away from the scene of the crime, but were unable to locate the driver responsible or the vehicle involved in the death.
Investigators caught a break when the local news asked for the public’s help. A resident spotted a strange car in her neighborhood with damage she suspected was consistent with the description given on the news. Connecticut police confirmed that the vehicle was the one that struck the man, and took it for forensic testing, a process which will hopefully confirm the identity of the driver.
When a loved one becomes the victim of a fatal hit-and-run accident, family members often feel overwhelmed. Grieving the loss of a loved one is a difficult process, and things like funeral expenses, hospital bills and insurance matters can compound the stress for the family. It can be helpful to consult an attorney. The lawyer can offer advice and support regarding the legal process necessary to bring the driver that killed the victim to justice.