Massachusetts State Police are currently investigating an accident that resulted in serious injuries for a 40-year-old pedestrian who was walking two dogs. The hit and run also resulted in the death of one of her dogs. The 22-year-old driver was arrested several hours later and now faces a charge of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident in addition to a marked lanes violation. He claims that he was unable to avoid hitting the woman.
The accident occurred on a recent Sunday afternoon in Marion. During the driver’s arrest, he told police that the pedestrian had stepped out in front of his car and that is why he struck her. He expressed regret at fleeing the scene, explaining that he had panicked. Police are asking witnesses who may have seen the accident to come forward and give their accounts of what happened.
It is not reported what type of injuries the woman sustained in the accident. Paramedics treated her at the scene before transporting her to a local hospital. She was later flown to a medical facility in a neighboring state. Her condition is listed as serious. One of the dogs was killed.
The driver has given his account of what happened in the hit and run accident, but the findings of the investigation may tell another story. If any evidence comes to light that suggests that the driver was acting negligently before striking the woman with his car, she may wish to pursue compensation for physical injuries and emotional trauma resulting from the accident. Under the personal injury laws of Massachusetts, an accident victim may file a civil claim if his or her injuries are the result of another’s negligence. Any compensation awarded may allow the individual to obtain closure and focus on his or her recovery.
wareham-ma.villagesoup.com, “Wareham woman remains in serious condition following hit and run,” July 25, 2013