It was a night that will likely change two women's lives forever, though it started out as much the same as every other evening they had gotten together. A 59-year-old woman and her 73-year-old friend were out on one of their nightly walks together when a reckless driver put their lives in danger.
As the two women were stepping into the crosswalk to cross the street, the driver of an unidentified sedan blazed through the intersection and crashed into the two pedestrians. Instead of stopping to call for help or tend to the victims, the driver continued on, leaving the women on their own. When they were finally transported to the hospital, the 59-year-old was reportedly in critical condition and her friend was in grave condition.
Whether these women will be able to recover from the injuries they suffered as a result of the hit-and-run accident is not yet known, though pedestrians often suffer catastrophic and lifelong injuries in these types of accidents. And in the worst cases, the injuries suffered are fatal.
Drivers who leave the scene of an accident are not only making the situation worse for themselves by trying to avoid taking responsibility, but they are putting the lives of their victims in jeopardy. For hit-and-run drivers, escaping punishment is more important than the safety and health of another person. They would rather run from a crash than to get help and possibly face the consequences of reckless or negligent driving.
However, authorities and attorneys have multiple resources to help them identify and track down a hit-and-run driver. If and when that person is found, he or she will often face multiple criminal and civil charges for the accident, which may give the victims and their families some peace of mind. Lawsuits, jail time and compensation cannot undo the accident, but they are effective ways of holding a negligent driver accountable for their actions and reimbursing victims for damages including medical bills, funeral expenses, ongoing care costs and pain and suffering.
Source: NBC Los Angeles, "Hit-and-Run Driver Strikes 2 Women in Glendale Crosswalk," Samantha Tata, Oleevia Woo, Jonathan Lloyd and Toni Guinyard, Oct. 4, 2013