Tragedy struck when a recently engaged 32-year-old woman was purportedly killed by a motorist. The 48-year-old driver of the car is said to have fled the scene after the car accident, but law enforcement was able to track him down. Related to this incident, 21 fatal pedestrian accidents have occurred this year in Wisconsin.
According to authorities, the accident occurred when a woman was running to get to the other side the road. She was reportedly under the impression that she would be able to make it across before the cars caught up to her. Unfortunately, an oncoming car that was driving at an excessive rate of speed struck and killed the woman. The motorist left the scene to an unknown location.
Witnesses gave a description of the vehicle as an SUV that was beige or tan in color. The vehicles’ description, in conjunction with a tip, led authorities to the driver of the car. The charges that the driver faces in relation to this incident have not been reported. Authorities are still investigating the crash.
A fatal car accident in Wisconsin can be traumatizing for the surviving family members, in particular when a pedestrian has died as a result. The motorist may have to answer to a civil lawsuit in addition to the criminal charges. The family members of the deceased pedestrian may be entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver. The family may be awarded monetary compensation if evidence shows the driver as the responsible party and his negligent actions caused the death.
Source: jsonline.com, “Fatal hit-and-run victim ID’d, as police search for driver,” Lydia Mulvany, Aug. 12, 2013