Car accidents are never pleasant, and those that end in fatalities are even more devastating for the victim's family. A pedestrian hit by a motor vehicle often sustains severe injuries and is more likely to succumb to those injuries, as he or she is not afforded the protection of the vehicle. It is important that negligent drivers be held accountable for their actions. To that end, the family of the victim may be able to pursue a legal claim in civil court.
A Wisconsin woman has been charged in criminal court in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident on Nov. 4 in Milwaukee. According to official documents, a witness reportedly saw a woman on the side of the road next to a car that appeared to have recently been in an accident. The hood was caved in, and there appeared to be a human leg in the grill. The witness said the car in question then turned a corner and disappeared. The witness took it upon herself to turn around and found a male victim's body. The man's severed leg was found about 15 feet from the site of the crash.
Police found the vehicle that allegedly struck the man, and they say it showed evidence of an accident, including blood on the outside of the car. The 25-year-old female driver turned herself into the Milwaukee Country District Attorney's office after being identified in a lineup, according to police. She faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
A hit-and-run accident involves many legal aspects, but instances like this case where the alleged driver is identified in a lineup or turns herself in, may make pursuing a claim for loss of companionship or other damages under a possible wrongful death claim easier.
Source: WTMJ Radio, "Woman charged in deadly Milwaukee hit-and-run crash," Jay Sorgi, Nov. 12, 2012