A 44-year-old woman has been arrested and accused of killing an 80-year-old man in a tragic pedestrian accident. Authorities have charged the woman with multiple crimes, saying that she struck the elderly man, failed to report the accident and fled the scene. The woman's criminal charges include first-degree homicide by car, hit-and-run, failure to report a crash and failure to maintain her lane of traffic.
According to a spokesperson for the Georgia State Patrol, the 80-year-old man was fatally struck by a motor vehicle during the evening hours of Oct. 9. He was struck while trying to cross Dawson Forest Road in Dawson County at approximately 7:37 p.m. Emergency responders pronounced the man dead at the accident scene.
According to the Georgia State Patrol spokesperson, the fleeing driver would not have been found without the diligent efforts of investigators immediately following the man's death. Investigators located the vehicle that hit the man with its front passenger side in Forsyth County, and then they connected the driver to the vehicle. At this time, no further details are known, but authorities expect more information to be revealed after investigations have been completed.
When a pedestrian is struck and killed by a negligent driver, the accident could give rise to a wrongful death lawsuit if family members of the deceased wish to pursue such an action. However, when the incident involves a hit-and-run crash, and the at-fault party cannot be found, it can be particularly problematic for survivors -- because no identifiable party can be held accountable in court. For this reason, it's vital for authorities to track down and locate at-fault parties following a hit-and-run incident.
Source: Forsyth County News, "Driver in Dawson County fatal hit and run arrested," Lauren Foreman, Oct. 19, 2017