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Car crash claims life of pedestrian in West Virginia

One pedestrian passed away following a recent vehicle accident in West Virginia. The car crash took place along West Virginia 45. It happened on a Monday night.

Police said the 22-year-old pedestrian was hit on the highway at about 10 p.m. The crash happened near the highway's intersection with a road in the vicinity of an auto sales business. The individual was hit on the thoroughfare's southern side.

The person who was hit was pronounced deceased at the crash scene. A collision-reconstruction investigator from one county police department was called to this scene. Authorities shut down the area of the accident for more than three hours while they investigated it, and they continued to investigate it thereafter.

The police investigation may yield information about who caused the West Virginia vehicle crash. If it is determined that another driver was at fault in the collision, this person may face a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the surviving loved ones of the individual who died. Such a case could possibly enable the family members to receive funds to offset the expenses tied to the accident, such as funeral arrangements and burials, and the awarded monies may also help to cover emotional distress and pain and suffering stemming from the car crash. Liability must be established to the satisfaction of the civil court hearing the case, based upon a showing of negligence, before the court will decide claims for monetary damages. Although monetary compensation cannot restore the life of a person who has died in a pedestrian accident, it may make it easier for the person's grieving loved ones to move forward from the incident.

Source: heraldmailmedia.com, "Pedestrian killed Monday night on Shepherdstown Road", Jan. 5, 2016

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