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An 8-year-old boy was killed in a Philadelphia car accident involving a driver who left the scene of the accident. According to Philly.com, the fatal hit-and-run crash occurred at White Horse Pike and Elm Avenue near Clementon Park. The boy was walking with his family across the street when a car struck him and drove away. The young victim of this pedestrian accident suffered critical injuries and died the next morning. A witness to the crash followed the 57-year-old male hit-and-run driver and notified authorities. The driver was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident. Authorities are in the process of determining if he will face additional charges.

It is illegal to leave the scene of a crash when someone has been injured. According to Pennsylvania Vehicle Code Chapter 37 Subchapter C: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident shall immediately by the quickest means of communication give notice to the nearest office of a duly authorized police department if the accident involves: (1) injury to or death of any person; or (2) damage to any vehicle involved to the extent that it cannot be driven under its own power in its customary manner.”

The family of someone killed in a Pennsylvania hit-and-run accident may pursue financial compensation for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim. At-fault drivers may be held liable for losses including medical bills, funeral expenses and emotional distress. An experienced Pennsylvania pedestrian accident attorney can help a family recover damages even when the authorities do not find the at-fault driver.

A 31-year-old man was critically injured in a hit-and-run pedestrian accident in Philadelphia recently. According to NBC Philadelphia, the accident occurred on Marshall Street in Philadelphia. The driver who officials say was responsible for the accident allegedly tried to intentionally strike a man with whom he had been arguing. Instead of striking his intended target, the driver hit the victim and fled the scene. The victim suffered two broken legs as well as multiple internal injuries. The authorities are searching for the man in his 30s responsible for the crash. The vehicle has been described as a white Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Under Pennsylvania Vehicle Code Chapter 37 Subchapter C: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident shall immediately by the quickest means of communication give notice to the nearest office of a duly authorized police department if the accident involves: (1) injury to or death of any person; or (2) damage to any vehicle involved to the extent that it cannot be driven under its own power in its customary manner without further damage or hazard to the vehicle, other traffic elements, or the roadway, and therefore requires towing.”

Victims who have been injured in accidents caused by hit-and-run drivers may seek financial compensation for the damages they have suffered from either holding the at-fault liable through a civil lawsuit or through their own uninsured motorist coverage. An experienced Philadelphia pedestrian accident lawyer can help a victim understand their legal options in such cases.

Philly.com reports that a man from North Philadelphia was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on Roosevelt Boulevard in the Olney section of town on Monday, May 9. According to police, the 22-year-old-man was walking across the southbound outer lanes of the road shortly before 2 a.m. when he was hit by a motorist.

Accident investigators have stated they are looking for a dark, older-model Ford Taurus or a Mercury Sable. It is believed the vehicle suffered extensive damage in the fatal Philadelphia pedestrian accident, including a broken windshield and possibly a missing windshield wiper. Anyone with information is asked to all the Accident Investigation Division of the Philadelphia Police Department at 215-685-3180 or -3181.

The article notes that 49 people have been killed on Roosevelt Boulevard in the last five years. When someone is killed in an accident on a road that is considered to be hazardous, their family may be able to hold the government entity that oversees and maintains the roadway liable for the death and other accident-related losses. The following are examples of a dangerous roadway in Pennsylvania for which a city or state government can be held accountable for:

Philly.com reports a 28-year-old woman who was eight months pregnant was hit and killed by a motorcyclist in Philadelphia late Monday night, April 11. According to the article, the woman was walking home at approximately 9:30 p.m. when a motorcyclist traveling northbound struck her as she attempted to cross Roosevelt Boulevard, close to Lexington Avenue near a marked pedestrian walkway.

The woman was transported to Albert Einstein Medical Center shortly following the Philadelphia pedestrian accident but died soon after. Doctors were not able to save her unborn child. The motorcyclist sustained head injuries and a broken leg in the accident and is reported to be in stable condition. The fatal pedestrian accident is under investigation by police motor vehicle accident experts. At the time the article was written, no charges had been filed against the motorcyclist.

There is currently no stoplight at the pedestrian crossing where the woman was hit, although there is one a few hundred yards north. However, in spite of the designated walkway, the area appears to be especially dangerous for pedestrians as the walkway is in the middle of a winding, descending curve. It is also an area where motorists are known to speed, despite two recently installed traffic cameras at nearby intersections. A tree that is a few feet away from the accident site is known locally as “Dead Man’s Tree” as it has been struck many times by speeding motorists. Persons interviewed for the article recalled a woman who was killed several years ago while crossing the same place as the pregnant woman.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that a man was killed after he was struck by a pickup truck in New Brighton, PA on Monday night, February 7.

According to the article, the Pennsylvania pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Third Avenue and 11th Street at approximately 7:30 p.m. One motorist stopped to allow the man and his daughter to cross the street, but a pickup truck traveling in the other direction struck both pedestrians. The man was carried for some distance on the hood of the truck. When emergency personnel arrived, the man was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The woman was seriously injured and taken to Heritage Valley Medical Center for treatment.

New Brighton police have stated the pickup truck driver was taken in for questioning. The fatal PA pedestrian accident remains under investigation.

After a study of New York City pedestrian accidents revealed that nearly 7,000 crashes occurred between 2002 and 2006, law makers, personal injury attorneys and families who have lost a loved one due to these types of accidents pushed for new laws to pass. In New Jersey, a new law is in place which legislators and residents hope will make pedestrian accidents a much less likely occurrence.

In New Jersey, signs at crosswalks used to say “Yield to Pedestrians”. Now, the signs say “Stop for Pedestrians” with penalties for not stopping increasing from $100 to $200 and two points on the driver’s license. Anapol Weiss’s own Joel Feldman, who lost his daughter in a pedestrian accident last summer, is an advocate for the new law and played a role in helping to get it passed.

Pennsylvania, which has not passed the law, still has signs that say “Yield to Pedestrians” and Mr. Feldman is in favor of the law passing there as well. In an interview with Fox29 news that can be viewed here, Mr. Feldman notes that culture plays a key role in how many drivers view their rights and the rights of pedestrians.

A teenager fell down a manhole while texting on her cell phone, according to a recent article released by NBC’s Philadelphia affiliate. The fifteen-year-old girl fell four or five feet to the bottom of an open manhole while her vision was obscured by her cell phone. She suffered some scrapes on her arms and back. The girl was also severely shaken up by both the surprise of the fall and the unpleasant experience of landing in a sewer pipe. She was examined at a nearby hospital and then released.

The manhole cover had been removed by the Department of Environmental Protection, which planned to do some work in the area. Apparently, the employee who opened the manhole had turned his back to fetch some orange road cones intended to warn pedestrians about the hole. None of the department employees were watching at the moment that the teenager fell into the manhole, though they removed her promptly after her fall.

The family has announced that it intends to sue the Department of Environmental Protection for their daughter’s injuries and suffering from the fall. Department workers who open manholes are supposed to block the sidewalk with warning signs in order to prevent pedestrian accidents such as these.

Accidents in which pedestrians are hit by cars occur every day throughout Pennsylvania and the U.S. Some, unfortunately, are fatal. Although some risks always exist when walkers and drivers share the roadway, you can take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones and decrease the chances of a pedestrian accident in Pennsylvania taking place.

For Pedestrians:

  1. Wear bright or reflective clothing. Bright colors and jackets with reflective strips will help drivers see you. If you’re walking at night, consider carrying a flashlight along with wearing reflective clothing.

A news report on the wdtv.com website informed the public of a dreadful pedestrian accident involving an SUV which took the life of a Pennsylvania man in front of the Cottrrells Store in Morgantown. Sheriffs from the Mon County Department reported that at approximately 9:30 p.m. a 56 year old woman was behind the wheel of a Dodge Durango heading north on Point Marion Road when she ran over a the 43 year old man.

Emergency response teams transported the victim to Ruby Memorial Hospital via ambulance but it was too late, and doctors pronounced him dead. Authorities are investigating the circumstances that led up to the accident and urge the public with any relevant information regarding this case to call the sheriff’s department at (304) 291-7260.

Many of us enjoy eating foods that may not be to healthy for us, which in turn, leads many us to exercise to try to burn some of those pounds off. Many Americans choose to do their exercise outdoors in various fashions such as biking, jogging, or simply taking a stroll around the neighborhood. Unfortunately, each day in the United States, innocent pedestrians are injured by negligent motor vehicle drivers. The effects on injured pedestrians can be quite serious, including broken bones, comas, paralysis, brain injury, and even death as in this story.
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The centredaily.com website reported in an account on March 23, 2009 that Scott Hilliard was struck and killed by a vehicle while walking alongside Airport Road in the auto accident in Bellefonte. There is a bike path running along this road but it is a couple hundred feet before it reaches State Route 550. Markings along the road indicate that Hilliard must have been struck while he was walking on the side of the road where the bike path runs short.

Maureen Farber said, “When we found his Bible he had pictures of the kids in there.”

Hilliard’s relatives believe that he was struck while walking home to his apartment on Governors Park Road, and was attempting to reach the bike path that runs alongside that road. The tragic auto accident in Pennsylvania happened around 7pm.

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