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.