Pedestrian accidents that involve hit-and-run drivers can be especially difficult for the victim and his or her family members. When an innocent person is walking down the street and gets blindsided by a negligent and/or drunk driver, and the suspect flees the scene, gathering witnesses to get a good ID on the suspect and the investigation that ensues can be time-consuming and rigorous. Sometimes, even when a suspect is found, it can be hard for police and prosecutors to definitively tell whether or not the suspect they have apprehended is indeed the person responsible. That's why victims of pedestrian accidents must be properly represented by personal injury attorney whose job it is to prove without a reasonable doubt that the suspect in question did in fact commit the crime and then obtain a fair settlement for the client and his or her family.
A pedestrian accident south of Erie this past weekend left one woman injured, according to local police. Authorities say the accident happened when a 34-year-old woman hit a 23-year-old woman as she was walking along PA Route 99 to Edinboro with a friend.
The victim's friend told police that she was struck from behind by the out-of-control vehicle. The victim is said to have hit the windshield and then get thrown into a residential lawn just off the side of the road.
Police say the driver the continued driving into Edinboro where she crashed into a parked vehicle before coming to a stop. The victim of the hit-and-run was taken to UPMC to be evaluated for a head injury, but her condition is still unknown. Police eventually the arrested the driver on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, call Dallas W. Hartman, P.C. today at 800-777-4081.
Source: YourErie.com, "Charges Pending After Pedestrian Struck" 15 June 2014