Hearing the news that a loved one has been killed in an automobile collision is an event that is difficult to process. No matter the age of a loved one, this is a shocking way to have their life suddenly taken away. It is even more challenging to digest this tragic event when you are informed that the party responsible fled the scene of the accident. A hit-and-run accident leaves much room for questions, and surviving family members often have to wait much time for an investigation to uncover who was responsible for their loved one’s death.
According to recent reports, the investigation for the driver of a fatal hit-and-run accident has ceased. This is because the man responsible turned himself into Connecticut State Police. Based on preliminary reports, the original accident took place in May of last year, resulting in a lengthy investigation to uncover who caused the accident as well as the identity of the driver responsible.
The fatal accident took place in Barhamsted last year and resulted in the death of another motorist. An active warrant was placed on the 49-year-old driver that fled the scene, and just over a year later the man turned himself in on this active arrest warrant for evading responsibility of a fatal accident.
New information, such as the identity of a driver, is very paramount in a fatal accident. This not only helps investigators understand cause and liability but it also helps the surviving family member move on. While filing criminal and civil charges against the party responsible for a fatal crash will not bring a loved one back, it can assist with a driver taking full responsibility for his or her negligence and helps surviving loved ones addressing any damages arising from the incident. A wrongful death claim could help with the recovery of compensation as a means to offset losses and financial hardships related to the fatal crash.
Source: Wtnh.com, “Arrest made in connection with 2016 fatal car accident in Barkhamsted,” Jon Rosen, June 15, 2017