Sadly, a number of drunk driving accidents also involve hit and runs because drivers do not want to face up to their misdeeds. A hit and run could result in additional complications, as a victim may not get necessary medical attention immediately after an accident, law enforcement officials are forced to conduct an additional investigation to identify the driver, and any driver convicted of DUI and hit and run will face additional criminal penalties. In a recent Massachusetts case, a 24-year-old woman struck an 83-year-old man as he was attempting to cross the street. The victim was killed and the young driver fled the scene.
This is another tragic accident involving negligence and the wrongful death of an innocent pedestrian. Our drunk driving accident attorneys in Boston are dedicated to pursuing justice on behalf of victims and their loved ones. We are also committed to raising awareness to prevent future accidents and injuries.
According to reports, the 83-year-old man was attempting to cross the street when he was struck by the drunk driver. The elderly man was found lying in the street near the Main Street McDonald’s according to the Worcester Police Department. He was pronounced dead at the hospital less than an hour later. Since the police officers stumbled onto the body, they initiated an investigation to identify the driver. Based on parts of the vehicle that were left behind at the scene, the officer’s issued a statement, requesting the public’s help in identifying the vehicle and the driver.
The 24-year-old went to police headquarters with her attorney and confessed to the crime. She was arrested at the station and has been charged with manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident following injury or death, failure to file an accident report, failure to slow for a pedestrian, and operating under the influence. The driver is likely to face jail time, loss of license, and other fines. In addition to criminal penalties, she could also be named in a civil action for the wrongful death of the elderly victim.
Recklessness clearly was displayed in the first act of drinking and driving and her second act of leaving the scene of an accident. It is unknown whether the victim may had a chance of survival if he had immediate medical attention. Accident reports also did not indicate how long he was left at the scene or what time the accident took place. In this case, the family of the victim would be entitled to significant damages for their losses, including medical and funeral expenses, loss of companionship, and other personal and financial losses associated with the death of the victim. Drunk drivers should be held both criminally and civilly accountable for their actions.
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MADD Praises DADSS Research to Fight Drunk Driving Accidents, Boston Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Blog, January 8, 2014