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Authorities in Des Moines seeking driver of fatal hit-and-run

It is not uncommon for vehicles and pedestrians to be in close proximity. Both are often together in cities, residential areas and shopping areas. Although they are aware that pedestrians are in the area, not all drivers exercise the proper amount of care. By traveling too fast, not yielding and talking or texting on the phone, a driver could cause a car accident with a pedestrian. This could result in a serious or even fatal accident.

Emergency crews in Des Moines were recently dispatched to a fatal hit-and-run collision that occurred on Valentine's Day. According to preliminary reports, a 52-year-old woman was crossing the street when a vehicle struck her. The driver of the automobile did not stop or slow down after the collision.

Emergency crews transported the injured woman to the hospital were she later died. Initial investigation has revealed that the vehicle that struck the woman was a mid-size car that has damage to the front or the windshield. Authorities are seeking the assistance of the public to help identify the suspect in this tragic accident.

When the driver is identified, they could face serious traffic and criminal penalties as well as civil liabilities. The loved ones of the deceased could file a wrongful death claim. This could result in compensation that could be used to cover medical expenses, funeral costs, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Following a fatal pedestrian accident, it is important to establish cause and liability. When a hit-and-run accident occurs, the lengthy investigation process can be very difficult on the loved ones. During this time, family members may want to look into whether a cause of action is possible. This could reduce the filing time of the suit once the party at fault is identified.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, "Police investigate fatal hit-and-run in Des Moines," Feb. 21, 2014

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