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Similar investigations sometimes lead to wrongful death claims

One can only imagine the horror of seeing a loved one struck down by a motor vehicle while crossing the road. For one mother on her way to church with her young daughter, a tragedy like this changed her life forever. Two people are now facing charges in Wisconsin connected with the incident. In the past, similar investigations have sometimes led to wrongful death claims being filed in civil court.

Reportedly, the mother and her 5-year-old daughter were walking hand-in-hand. At some point, the child is said to have let go of her mother's hand. Moments later, a car allegedly struck the child.

The driver of that car reportedly fled the scene. He was later apprehended and charged the hit-and-run death of a child. The man supposedly told police he drove away from the scene because he panicked. The man's girlfriend is facing charges in the aftermath of the tragic pedestrian accident for allegedly obstructing police from investigating the death.

The man, age 30, is being held in a county jail. Any collision in Wisconsin that involves a child is especially tragic. Although, it is difficult for a parent to think beyond the grief associated with such tragedy, it is often helpful to speak with an experienced attorney. In situations were investigation results suggest there may be grounds for wrongful death claims, parents of deceased victims may go to court to pursue claims for recovery of damages sustained. The compensation awarded in a successful claim can help offset funeral expenses and other financial losses often incurred in such dire circumstances.

Source: uppermichiganssource.com, "Wisconsin man charged in fatal accident", Nov. 16, 2016

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