Likely, most Pennsylvania drivers know exactly how they would react if they struck a vehicle, cyclist or pedestrian while on the road. Most people would, instinctively, do the right thing and remain at the scene to help with the investigation and provide aid to injured victims if possible. People who do so are not only obeying the law, but they are also demonstrating human kindness and integrity. Unfortunately, not everyone reacts this way, though, as some will take what appears to be the easier way and escape the situation immediately. In one such tragic example, an individual drove away after hitting and killing a young cyclist in Huntington Township; when police locate him, he may find himself facing a host of legal problems, including a wrongful death lawsuit.
Driver fatally injures young cyclist
The horrific incident happened on a recent Friday evening. According to Pennsylvania State Police, a driver hit a 7-year-old boy riding his bicycle. Apparently, the driver continued driving, dragging the bike some distance and then fled the scene. Sadly, the boy died from his injuries.
Police searching for driver
Police are now searching for the driver responsible for the crash. Reportedly, the vehicle involved is believed to be a dark-colored pickup truck driven by a man. The victim’s family has said they believe they have seen this vehicle pass their house several times in the past. Pennsylvania State Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them.
This driver’s immediate reaction to flee a tragic situation may be somewhat understandable to some, but the fact is this type of knee-jerk reaction is against the law – and for good reason. The victim’s family now faces not only what will likely be a very difficult grieving process, but also the knowledge that the person responsible lacked the courage to remain at the scene. When police locate the driver, if investigative evidence points to negligence and/or recklessness on his part, the victim’s family will have every right to pursue the matter through the Pennsylvania civil justice system. An attorney with experience in these types of cases could sit down with them and explain their options, including the possibility of a wrongful death lawsuit.