A 72-year-old man was struck by a mobile home while walking on the sidewalk of Terrace Heights Drive. The accident occurred at 10:30 a.m. on May 29 in Yakima when the mobile home, driven by a 27-year-old woman, left the road, drove on the sidewalk and struck the man. While the woman slowed down, she then tried to flee the scene, and a nearby police officer pulled the woman over and took her into custody.
Reports indicate that the man was thrown at least 45 feet and died after being taken to a local hospital. The woman who was driving the mobile home was allegedly under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident. She was under investigation for hit-and-run and vehicular homicide. However, the woman had yet to be formally charged with a crime at the time of the report.
In a case such as this one, the family of the man may be able to take legal action against the woman who drove the mobile home. The woman may be required to pay his final expenses as well as medical bills that he incurred before he passed away. In addition, she may be required to pay punitive damages either by a jury or as part of a settlement reached with the family before trial.
Although money is not going to bring back a loved one, it may help the family recover from the financial damage done by the accident. Talking to a personal injury attorney may help a family pursue action against the person responsible for causing the accident in a timely manner, which can help the family as well as others affected by the accident to find some sort of closure.
Source: KULR, "Pedestrian Dies After Hit & Run Accident in Yakima", Laura Murray, May 29, 2014