Though many people choose to travel on foot, it can be a dangerous activity, especially near roadways. Unfortunately, too many drivers do not take the time to slow down at intersections or near crosswalks and do not watch out for pedestrians as closely as they should. As a result, far too many fatal pedestrian accidents take place.
It was recently reported that an accident in New Haven County proved fatal for one individual. Apparently, a woman was attempting to cross a street when a dark-colored SUV hit her. Rather than remain at the scene, the driver of the SUV turned around and drove away. Emergency crews were contacted about the incident, which occurred in Waterbury, and the woman was transported to an area hospital.
Unfortunately, the injuries the woman suffered proved fatal, and she was declared dead just hours after the incident. Authorities were able to locate the driver involved in the incident, and after obtaining a warrant, the man was taken into custody. He is currently facing a criminal charge of evading responsibility in an accident resulting in death. At the time of the report, he was still in custody with a bail set at $250,000.
Though pedestrian accidents are not uncommon, the effects they have on surviving loved ones can differ. The family of the woman killed in this New Haven County accident will certainly face a number of struggles as they come to terms with their loss. It may be in their interests to consider filing a legal claim against the driver considered at fault in efforts to pursue compensation for damages allowable under state law.