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Pedestrian hit by car passes away from injuries

A man has been charged with vehicular homicide and other crimes after an accident on a New Jersey street where they struck a pedestrian and drove away with the individual stuck halfway through the windshield of their car. The accident happened on Nov. 10, but the pedestrian did not pass away for some time.

The 61-year-old man from Lanoka Harbor was walking on a highway shoulder in Ocean Township when the 33-year-old man appears to have hit him with a car. The injuries that the 61-year-old man suffered in the pedestrian accident did not kill him at once, but he passed away in the hospital as a result of the wounds he received.

At the time of his death the charges against the driver were upgraded from causing serious bodily injury to another while driving under the influence to vehicular homicide. He also faces accusations of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash. His bond was raised from $150,000 to $250,000, and he has remained in jail since the time of the wreck.

The family of any person killed in an accident may choose to file a wrongful death suit against the person or people liable. They may request compensation for the loss of economic benefits that they would normally have had a right to expect from their loved one as well as the intangible emotional and marital support that they would have received. Although pain and suffering is not a component of most wrongful death suits, redress for it may be requested in any case where an individual lingers for a time and then dies as a direct result of the injuries received in an accident. An attorney may be able to help a family frame their lawsuit correctly, being sure to include all damages that are eligible for compensation and to file it against the proper parties.

Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel , “Man accused in fatal crash faces upgraded charges“, November 19, 2014

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