Pedestrians face extreme danger while walking along busy roadways. A split-second lapse in judgment or momentary distraction by a driver can spell disaster for the unsuspecting pedestrian. The sheer momentum and size of a vehicle can cause catastrophic damage to the human body, even at low speeds. A Wisconsin family is likely grieving just such a loss after a fatal pedestrian accident.
Police report that a 54-year-old man was struck and killed around 4:15 p.m. on Oct. 15. The man was struck while walking along a road in the Milwaukee County community of Greenfield. According to police, the South Milwaukee man was apparently walking in the curb lane of the road when the accident occurred. A vehicle entered the curb lane while changing lanes, fatally striking the man.
A 31-year-old Greendale woman is identified as the driver of the vehicle. Reports indicate that the woman did not exhibit any signs of impairment at the time of the crash. Police say that the woman is fully cooperating with them. At the time this post is written, the investigation into the fatal accident is said to be continuing.
No identification of the victim has been provided. Police regularly hold on to that information pending notification of relatives. In this case, there may be some difficulty in contacting loved ones. Officials are apparently trying to locate them in Illinois.
When a loved one is killed in an accident, those left behind are faced with various expenditures from funeral expenses to leftover bills from medical treatment the victim received. Loved ones in such tragic cases should educate themselves on their rights as victims, as well as investigate avenues for possible compensation for damages.
Source: WISN-TV, "Pedestrian hit, killed in Greenfield," Oct. 16, 2012