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Young man killed during hit-and-run accident

Being involved in a Massachusetts car crash is a traumatic event. In many cases, the seconds leading up to the impact are a blur, and once the initial adrenaline response fades, shock can quickly set in. However, those who are involved in a car accident have a responsibility to remain on the scene and render aid, if at all possible.

A recent incident in Webster, Massachusetts serves as a sobering example of the tragedy that can occur when a driver strikes a pedestrian and then fails to meet even the most basic standards of common human courtesy. Police believe that a 24-year-old man was walking along Interstate 395 when he was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer. News of the hit-and-run accident has spread, leaving many in the area in shock at the idea that someone could strike a human being with a vehicle and then simply drive away.

The Massachusetts State Police brought in the Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section as well as the State Police Crime Scene Services division to investigate the incident. They have identified the driver they believe struck the pedestrian. He is a 44-year-old male who works as a professional truck driver for LKQ Corp. The company confirmed that one of their trucks was in the area of the accident at the time of the collision. Police had dispatchers from the company order the driver to pull over until state police were able to locate him.

For the family of this hit-and-run car accident victim, this is a time of extreme emotion. As they enter the beginning stages of grief, they may experience a wide range of responses to their loss, from shock to anger to a pervasive sense of injustice. Should Massachusetts police determine that the truck driver was responsible for this man's death and knew he had struck a human being before deciding to continue driving, criminal charges could be filed. In addition, the surviving family members could decide to move forward with a wrongful death suit against the driver.

Source: Sentinel & Enterprise, "Pedestrian killed on I-395 in Webster," Robert Mills, Jan. 17, 2013

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