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Des Moines woman pleads guilty to hit-and-run

Losing a loved one is often a difficult event to cope with. Dealing with the emotions and moving on can be challenging, especially when it is not fully understood why or how a person's life was taken away from them. A hit-and-run car accident can often leave many questions unanswered. The loved ones of the deceased may never be able to fully grasp how the event occurred and who did this to them.

A Des Moines woman who was charged with involuntary manslaughter, driving while barred and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death recently pleaded guilty to all of the charges. These multiple charges stemmed from a pedestrian accident that occurred on March 16. A 58-year-old woman was crossing the street when a 26-year-old driver struck her. The woman was transported to the hospital, but died there shortly after.

The young female driver alleges that she thought she ran over a dog. The driver's brother, who was traveling behind her, informed her that she struck a person. She was on the phone with her brother at the time of the collision. It was reported that she stopped but left the scene after panicking. In addition to being convicted of these criminal charges, the young woman could face civil liabilities. The loved ones of the deceased could file a wrongful death claim. This could help compensate them for medical bills, funeral costs, damages and pain and suffering.

After an accident, various criminal and civil liabilities could result. Those coping with the death of a loved one after a fatal crash should understand their options for compensation. Numerous financial burdens can result after an accident, and having compensation awarded could help with several bills and the coping process.

Source: Des Moines Register, "Des Moines woman faces 17 years for fatal March hit-and-run," Grant Rogers, June 26, 2013

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