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Stories differ in Massachusetts car accident, but 1 still dead

Why did a Massachusetts man drive away from a hotel after a confrontation with hotel staff? It depends on who is asked. However, no matter which version of events is told, the result is still the same -- the man fled the scene of a pedestrian vs. car accident. In fact, the man dragged one of the hotel employees that he ran down for nearly three miles.

She had become lodged underneath his vehicle, and the driver never even noticed. Her lifeless body was found in the parking lot of a restaurant. Meanwhile, her husband was the other employee hit by the pickup truck. He was not seriously injured physically, but he watched his wife dragged away from him and is now a widower.

The pickup truck driver was taken into custody on charges that include fleeing the scene of the accident. In his first court appearance, he pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and posted bail. According to his counsel, the driver had no idea there was a body wedged under his truck.

Hotel personnel say that the man skipped out on an unpaid hotel bill and ran down two of the hotel employees -- one of which was the woman wedged under his vehicle. The pickup truck driver claims it was a misunderstanding. He was watching a football game in a friend's hotel room until hotel personnel confronted him. He claims he then left the hotel out of fear.

Regardless of who is right, a woman is still dead, and her widower has the right to file a wrongful death claim against the pickup truck driver under Massachusetts law. Even if the pickup truck driver does not remember the car accident, his vehicle dragged the woman for three miles. If the widower is able to prove negligence on the part of the pickup truck driver, he may be awarded damages associated with his wife's horrific death.

Source: boston.com, Woman dies after being struck, dragged in Wrentham, No author, Nov. 19, 2013

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