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Injured Dallas mother of dead child may file wrongful death claim

A 13-year-old child was killed, and his mother critically injured, in a hit-and-run accident in Dallas on a recent Tuesday morning. Two suspects were arrested in another state three days later. Police are awaiting their extradition, and they could potentially be facing wrongful death claims upon their return to Texas.

The accident happened when two men in an allegedly stolen minivan were being chased by police from Highland Park after they ignored a stop sign. The minivan entered Dallas, and the chase was abandoned. They purportedly crashed into the vehicle of a mother and child after again ignoring a second stop sign. According to police, both the driver and passenger fled on foot, although authorities did not know which one was driving the minivan. A cell phone that was found in the vehicle led police to the girlfriend of one of the men, who informed police that her boyfriend came to tell her about the accident, saying that he did not know whether the occupants of the other car survived.

The man, who was reported to have been deported to Mexico in 2012, supposedly asked his girlfriend to accompany him to Mexico, but she rejected the offer. Police reported that the vehicle, supposedly stolen in March, was suspected of being used in several crimes in Dallas. Upon searching the minivan, police claim they also found a rifle and some burglary tools. Both men were charged with murder.

The critically injured mother of the child who was killed in the Dallas accident retains the right to file a personal injury and wrongful death claim in a civil court. Under the circumstances, she may be overwhelmed, but she may find comfort in the fact that there is help available to guide her through the processes of Texas civil court proceedings. She will not have to pursue a claim for damages to cover medical and end-of-life expenses alone.

Source: dallasnews.com, "Two arrested in fatal M Streets hit-and-run", Julie Fancher, April 18, 2014

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