Pedestrians on Missouri roads will always be at risk, especially when they are walking after dark. Vehicle operators are required to keep a lookout for pedestrians, but fatal pedestrian accidents occur far too frequently. A Grandview family lost a loved one who was struck by a car in the early morning hours of Dec. 27.
It was reported that a 38-year-old fast food store manager was making his way home shortly before 2 a.m. on that Sunday morning. He was walking along the East Outer Road to U.S. 71 when he was struck by a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and render aid. Emergency service workers transported the critically injured pedestrian to a hospital where he was put on life support. Sadly, he did not survive, and the life support machines were turned off the next morning.
A 41-year-old man reported to authorities two days later, and court records indicate that he claimed to have been under the impression that he had struck a deer. He reportedly admitted to driving without a valid driver's license and said that was his reason for leaving the accident scene. He was arrested, and he is now facing charges of leaving an accident scene and driving with a license that had been revoked. Following the victims death, additional charges may be filed against the driver.
Families who have lost loved ones in pedestrian accidents that were caused by the negligence of other parties may pursue financial relief to help them cope with medical and end-of-life expenses, emotional damages and more. When a wrongful death claim is filed, a Missouri civil court will require proof of negligence on the part of the vehicle operator before monetary compensation will be awarded. All documented losses will be considered, including the emotional damages suffered by the surviving family members.
Source: kmbc.com, "Grandview man charged in hit-and-run that killed pedestrian", Dec. 31, 2015