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Hit and run accident claims life of pedestrian victim

While the following hit and run accident didn't happen here in Kansas City, Missouri, it could have happened anywhere and the result would be important for the sake of public safety.

In this particular crash, a 57-year-old man was just walking home after getting ice cream with a friend when he was struck by a truck. Police revealed that the truck is likely a model between the years 1992 to 1996, and that it is red or maroon in color. Unfortunately the crash ended up being fatal as the 57-year-old was unable to survive the trauma of his injuries. Police continue to investigate the crash and are hoping for any witnesses or anyone with pertinent information to contact them.

There are two things to learn from this story -- and hit and run accidents in general. The first is that one of the most important (and disappointing) factors in a hit and run accident is that the fleeing driver is not helping the victim. Those who obey the law and are Good Samaritans stay at a crash scene and do everything they can to help the accident victim. Hit and runs drivers deprive the victim of this crucial care, and it could end up costing the victim their life.

The other factor in these accidents is evidence. There will always be a little bit of evidence at every crash scene, but hit and run accidents are a bit trickier simply because the car in question is no longer there. It can be difficult for the victim to remember details about the crash if they survive. So if you do get into a hit and run accident and survive, try to write down (whenever that is possible) any details from the collision.

Source: Sun Sentinel, "Pedestrian killed in Dania Beach hit-run," Emily Miller, March 5, 2015

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