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Hit-and-run car accident blamed on retired Massachusetts cop

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 19, a vehicle struck a pedestrian in Boston. It appears that the vehicle that hit him belongs to a retired Massachusetts police officer. Police believe he was behind the wheel of the gray Mercury Marquis when the car accident took place.

Unfortunately, the driver of the vehicle in question did not remain at the scene. Moreover, the driver failed to render aid to the victim. Shortly after the accident, police located the vehicle believed to be involved in the accident in the parking lot of an apartment complex where the retired officer resides.

Meanwhile, emergency responders transported the victim to an area hospital. At last report, the victim remains hospitalized in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. The identity of the victim is unknown at this time. All that is known is that he is an adult male.

It seems that a disproportionate amount of hit-and-runs involve a vehicle striking a pedestrian. Many hit-and-run drivers are identified and brought to justice by the authorities. This driver may face more than criminal charges, particularly if it is documented that he was driving the vehicle in question. The injured pedestrian may ultimately choose to file a personal injury claim in connection with the car accident in an attempt to recover out-of-pocket medical expenses and lost wages, which typically add up quickly. These and other damages may be awarded to the victim if the Massachusetts court finds that the man negligently caused or materially contributed to the collision and the pedestrian's resulting injuries.

Source: Boston Herald, Retired cop accused in hit-run crash in Boston, Laurel J. Sweet, March 19, 2014

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