A recent accident involving two vehicles and a pedestrian has left four people injured and one dead, according to reports. The incident began after a Massachusetts man refused to stop for police. As he turned onto Route 28, he continued to elude police. The incident quickly became a pedestrian accident when the driver struck a 62-year-old man.
The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries in the accident. The car driver then struck a vehicle as he attempted to leave a parking lot. There were four occupants inside the vehicle, including two children, and all were taken to local hospitals. One of the individuals reportedly sustained potentially life-threatening injuries. The children were subsequently airlifted to a Boston hospital.
The driver said to have been fleeing police has been charged with a wide variety of criminal charges and traffic violations, including driving an unregistered vehicle and driving with a revoked license. Reports indicate that the local district attorney intends to charge the driver with motor vehicle homicide charge as the case moves forward. Police state that, in addition to the injury and loss of life, seven vehicles in total were damaged.
Pedestrian accident cases like this one demonstrate how damaging reckless behavior can be to individuals and property on Massachusetts roadways. For the injured family, and the family of the man that was killed, there is a long process ahead of them as they recover from their injuries and loss. Fortunately, our state has personal injury laws in place that allow those injured — or the family of someone killed — due to the negligence of another party to seek damages against that party. Successfully litigated personal injury or wrongful death claims can provide valuable compensation for medical or funeral expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses that may accompany a tragic accident.
Source: Cape Cod Times, “Driver in Chatham fatal accident had license revoked,” Doug Fraser, July 15, 2013