Likely, most Washington drivers have, at some point, imagined how they might react if they struck a pedestrian. In fact, some people may have already done so. Understandably, when such a horrible event happens, the person responsible worries about the consequences. But most people would not even think about running from this type of situation and would remain at the scene to help the victim and cooperate with authorities. Some people’s first instinct, however, is to immediately leave the scene, and this is what happened when a driver hit a pedestrian, causing him serious personal injury.
The incident happened on a recent Friday evening in Everett. According to police, the pedestrian, a 39-year-old man, was transported to a local medical center. He suffered life-threatening injuries from the collision. Reportedly, the man’s condition had improved by the following day, and police have said doctors expect him to survive. The driver had fled the scene by the time police arrived.
Later, police responded to a tip about a vehicle that may have been involved in the crash. They found the damaged suspect vehicle on a nearby street. Subsequently, they arrested a 31-year-old woman. Apparently, she confirmed that she had hit the pedestrian and left the scene. She is now in jail and is suspected of hit-and-run as well as driving with a suspended license.
Most people are perplexed when they hear about a driver failing to face an unexpected situation like this and accept the consequences of their actions. Sadly, in addition to running from their responsibility, drivers who immediately exit the crash scene often cause a victim’s condition to worsen, as medical help may be delayed. In this case, the victim is expected to recover, but undoubtedly, he has already endured a great deal of pain, both physical and emotional, and he may even suffer long-term consequences. In Washington, victims like this man have the right to pursue monetary compensation through the civil justice system, which can help with medical expenses and lost income. Attorneys experienced in personal injury cases are available to discuss options.