Whether out driving on the roads for work or personal errands, behind the wheel can be a dangerous place. Road conditions, weather and the attentiveness of other drivers are factors that can sometimes make operating a vehicle a treacherous feat. When a motorist engages in erratic or careless actions, others out on the road are at risk. A Maryland man has been recently charged with drug trafficking and manslaughter after a hit\-and\-run accident that cost a woman her life.
A 36-year-old male ran a stop sign, which caught the attention of police in the nearby vicinity. After refusing to stop for the moving violation, authorities chased the man but lost sight of him. They finally came across the vacant car, after it had struck another vehicle.
Reports indicate that the speeding vehicle crossed the double yellow line to pass a vehicle while avoiding police and struck another vehicle that was attempting to make a right turn. The 57-year-old driver and the 90-year-old passenger were taken to a local shock trauma center. The passenger later succumbed to her injuries. After further investigation, police found illegal substances and a significant amount of cash inside the man’s vehicle.
Victims of a hit-and-run accident may be able to seek compensation for injuries suffered due to the negligence of another driver. Should a victim be fatally injured, surviving family members may be able to file a wrongful death claim in a Maryland civil court. Monies awarded can help cover medical costs, lost wages and other end-of-life expenses.
Source: Glen Burnie, MD Patch, “Glen Burnie Driver Charged With Manslaughter In Fatal Crash“, Deb Belt, Aug. 28, 2017