A man was recently killed in a hit-and-run accident. Police say the 26-year-old man was struck and fatally wounded while he was walking along a highway in Middle River, Baltimore County in late December. When a Maryland resident is the victim of a fatal hit-and-run accident, their loved ones are typically entitled to file a wrongful death suit against the party whose negligence either caused or contributed to the individual’s death.
Baltimore County police say they received a report from a passerby, who saw an individual lying along the highway’s shoulder around 6:30 p.m. on a recent Sunday evening. Shortly after this was reported, police responded and found the victim, who was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. Police determined that the vehicle that hit the man was either gray or silver, and its front end probably sustained extensive damage.
A family member spoke with a local news station that the man was a young, fun-loving father who was employed by a construction company. The man had cashed his check and began walking home before the accident occurred. A man who is believed to be connected to the accident turned himself in two days after the accident, but official charges have not been filed yet, police say.
Although it is not completely clear how the pedestrian was killed, police will complete their investigation soon. If charges are filed against the driver and prosecutors succeed in convicting him on a related charge, that conviction could potentially be used as evidence in a wrongful death suit. When individuals are killed in a hit-and-run accident, it is important for loved ones to consider the possibility of pursuing financial compensation in order to cover medical needs and/or end-of-life expenses, which are often expensive. Both negligent and distracted drivers can cause serious — if not fatal — injuries, but they can be held accountable for these dangerous actions on Maryland roads and highways.
Source: wbaltv.com, “Man killed in hit-and-run on Pulaski Highway“, Barry Simms, Dec. 29, 2015