Most people feel relatively safe as they attempt to cross, or walk near, the street. The feeling of safety typically comes with the knowledge that most drivers of motor vehicles will ensure that they do not do anything to cause injury. Unfortunately, when drivers in New Jersey and across the country engage in negligent behavior, pedestrians can become injured. Unfortunately, a pedestrian was recently killed in a recent hit-and-run car accident.
The incident reportedly happened during the late afternoon hours of a day in late June. According to reports, a vehicle struck a 68-year-old woman. The woman was transported to the hospital but ultimately passed away as a result of injuries suffered in the incident.
Police say that the driver of the vehicle failed to remain at the scene. Surveillance video caught the vehicle as it left the area. However, a 58-year-old woman reportedly called law enforcement officers less than a day later, claiming responsibility for the accident. Her vehicle was located near her residence with front-end damage that is consistent with the accident. She was charged with knowingly leave scene of accident resulting in death.
While many of the details of the car accident are unclear, a family in New Jersey is now left to cope with the unexpected loss of their loved one. Such a loss can leave surviving family members dealing with funeral costs, medical expenses and lost wages. If it is determined that negligence played a role in the incident, it may be appropriate to file a wrongful death lawsuit. An attorney with experience with such cases can help families fully understand their options and determine the most appropriate course of action.