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Many hit-and-run car accidents take months to solve

When a driver flees the scene of an accident in Connecticut, the family of the victim is denied justice, closure and answers to their questions regarding the last moments of the life of a loved one. In some cases, hit-and-run car accidents can take months for police to solve. Therefore, when a driver and the vehicle involved in such a tragedy are finally found, the victim's family may finally get some peace.

One Connecticut family has been waiting since October to find out who struck their loved ones and did not even have the courtesy to stop and render aide to them -- or even call 911. On Oct. 30, 2014, the 67-year-old man and his 67-year-old wife were walking home at around 8:10 p.m. He was knocked unconscious and did not know that his wife's injuries would be fatal.

She was transported to the hospital, but it was too late. Medical personnel reported that she died there at the hospital. Her husband ultimately regained consciousness and was released. It was only recently that authorities located the driver believed to be responsible for the accident. The 38-year-old man faces charges of felony evading responsibility.

The woman's husband may file wrongful death and personal injury claims against the man even as the criminal case progresses. Showing the court that his wife's death and his injuries were due to the driver's negligence could result in him being awarded damages often requested in cases involving car accidents. Perhaps just as important, however, is the fact that he and the rest of the family may finally receive some closure regarding this tragedy.

Source: nbcconnecticut.com, "Police Arrest Suspected Driver in Fatal Hamden Hit-and-Run", June 11, 2015

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