Drunk drivers across the country continue to take the lives of innocent people, despite the plethora of information and proof that driving under the influence is dangerous. Recently, a pedestrian in Massachusetts was struck and killed in what police believe was a drunk driving accident. Witnesses indicate the pedestrian was in the crosswalk when he was hit. Police later located the vehicle and driver believed to be responsible.
Police and fire responded to a call regarding a person in a crosswalk being run down by a white box truck that failed to stop. Firefighters who heard the description of the vehicle alerted police that they saw a box truck matching it. Police converged on the area, and the box truck was pulled over for driving the wrong way down the street.
The police officer observed damage to the vehicle consistent with striking the pedestrian, as reported by witnesses. The 57-year-old driver was taken into custody and charged with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident and OUI-liquor. In the meantime, the victim was taken to an area hospital. Despite the efforts of medical personnel, he died because of the injuries he suffered in the accident. A $25,000 bond was set for the driver at his arraignment.
As the family of the victim awaits the outcome of the criminal charges, they retain the right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver accused in this drunk driving accident. If negligence is proven in civil court, the family may be awarded monetary damages by the court as provided by Massachusetts laws. No amount of money will bring back their loved one, but a successfully completed claim may help cover the financial losses incurred because of this fatal tragedy.
Source: Wicked Local Norton, "Police ID pedestrian struck, killed in Mansfield", Donna Whitehead, May 12, 2014