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Witnesses are often critical in hit-and-run car accidents

In many cases, it takes the diligence of police investigators to locate a vehicle and driver involved in a hit and run. Witnesses are often a critical component in finding the drivers responsible for these car accidents. For example, an anonymous caller and two witnesses recently helped police identify the woman who struck and killed a 22-year-old mother of two here in Connecticut.

The victim was getting into her car when it was struck, and she was killed. Her boyfriend and two daughters were already in the car and were not injured. According to surveillance video from a residence in the area, the driver lost control of the vehicle as it turned a corner and struck the car. The driver then fled the scene.

After the anonymous call pointed to a particular Connecticut woman, the victim's boyfriend and a resident who came out of his house after the crash both identified her in photo lineups. She subsequently turned herself in to police, and she faces charges in connection with the accident and the 22-year-old victim's death. The woman claims to have psychological and substance abuse problems. She admitted to driving the car, but she claims that the brakes were faulty.

Now that police believe they have identified the driver involved in this tragic hit and run, the victim's surviving family members may exercise their right to file a wrongful death claim against her. If they are able to establish through appropriate evidence that the negligence of another caused or contributed to the death of their loved one, they might be awarded damages typically awarded in similar car accidents. Any monies received could help with the financial needs of the children she left behind.

Source: fox61.com, "Woman who ran from fatal Waterbury accident arrested, faces possible additional charges", Tony Terzi, Jan. 20, 2016

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