In many hit-and-run accidents, it is family members who end up revealing to law enforcement officials who the fleeing driver was and where he or she can be found, along with the vehicle involved. This was the case in a recent hit-and-run car crash in West Virginia in which the suspect vehicle was last seen traveling south Route 94. Officials determined that it was shortly before 11 p.m. on a recent Wednesday when the pedestrian was struck and left for dead by the unknown driver.
Sadly, another vehicle came along shortly thereafter and ran the over the man’s body. That driver stopped and called 911. By the time emergency personnel arrived, it was too late. The 50-year-old West Virginia man had succumbed his injuries, and officials pronounced him dead at the scene.
Late Thursday evening, the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from a family who lives out of state. They claimed that a relative, an 80-year-old woman from Boone County who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, might have been involved in the accident. Further investigation led investigators to believe that the woman and her vehicle were involved in the accident.
Nothing more was reported about the woman or the investigation. It is unclear at this time whether any criminal charges will be filed against her, but that does not mean that the family of the victim is precluded from pursuing their legal right to file a wrongful death claim against her, and perhaps the driver of the second vehicle. If it is established that the victim’s death was caused or contributed to by either or both drivers, the court could award surviving family members damages consistent with those seen in other car crash cases.
Source: wsaz.com, “UPDATE: Deputies identify driver in deadly hit and run“, Kaitlynn Lebeau, April 8, 2016