Being awakened in the early morning hours by police officers with news that one's child may have been killed in a hit and run accident is, understandably, an extremely traumatic experience. A 20-year-old Texas woman's parents were subjected to such an experience and were shown images of a cell phone and a ring the accident victim was wearing, and from this they identified their daughter. They will likely have many unanswered questions that will only be answered when the alleged hit and run driver who was apparently responsible for the pedestrian accident is located and charged.
Police reported that they were able to identify the make and color of the car that struck the woman as she was crossing the road in a crosswalk. Video footage from cameras at the intersection indicates that the accident occurred just before 2 a.m. on a recent Saturday. The footage apparently shows that two vehicles approached the intersection where the traffic light was red. While one car stopped, the driver of the second vehicle apparently disregarded the red traffic light and continued along before striking the pedestrian.
Authorities initially thought the suspect vehicle was a dark colored SUV, but upon closer inspection, they determined that -- while the SUV was also in the intersection at the time -- the car that struck the woman was indeed a grey colored Chrysler 300. They mentioned that several other vehicles could be seen in the immediate vicinity and said that each of the occupants of those vehicles may have been witnesses to the fatal accident. When the alleged hit and run driver is ultimately located and charged with the pedestrian's death, eyewitness reports may have an impact.
The parents of the young woman who lost her life in this pedestrian accident will now have to take care of the inevitable and costly final expenses while having to cope with her untimely death. However, if and when the driver who is suspected of the hit and run accident is located, they may pursue recovery of those financial damages, along with other documented losses. In many such cases, authorities usually catch up with drivers suspected of fleeing the scene of an accident, allowing injured victims or surviving family members to proceed with legal action in a Texas civil court.
Source: NBC DFW, "Arlington Police Looking for Chrylser 300 in Fatal Hit-and-Run", Jan. 20, 2015