When you’re walking, the last thing you expect to have happen is for a car to strike you. If that does happen, there’s a fairly high risk that you could be severely injured or killed by the impact.
That happened to this 60-year-old resident of Provo, Utah, when he was visiting Long Beach. The man was using a crosswalk at Park Avenue and 7th Street when an SUV approached. The driver, an 82-year-old man, struck him as he attempted to cross.
The driver had been trying to turn left when the accident occurred, the April 19 news reports. After the crash, the driver continued on, leaving the scene. Fortunately, a police officer witnessed the collision and pulled the man over.
The 60-year-old man was stuck under the vehicle the entire time it was driven. He was reportedly underneath when the SUV came to a stop, and he died at the scene. The police have stated that there are charges pending against the driver and that an investigation is ongoing at present.
Situations like these are hard for the families of those involved as well as for the driver and witnesses. It’s important that drivers always stop as soon as an accident occurs to prevent situations like this. It’s fortunate that an officer was there to see this accident, which may end up being recorded as a hit-and-run collision.
If you’re struck by someone while you’re crossing the street in a crosswalk, you have a right to file a lawsuit and seek a claim against that person. His or her negligence led to your injuries, and you should be compensated.
Source: Press-Telegram, “Pedestrian dragged, killed in SUV crash in Long Beach is identified,” Jeremiah Dobruck, April 19, 2017