A Florida pedestrian was recently killed after she was hit while crossing a street in Miami. The fatal car crash happened on the morning of Feb. 11 on NW 27 Avenue. The woman was crossing the road when she was struck and killed by a vehicle.
The woman suffered personal injury and died immediately due to the impact. The driver — a female — stopped and answered questions from investigators. They are also reviewing surveillance video from a nearby business to review the sequence of events. The pedestrian accident caused the road to be shut down for several hours.
If the driver was at fault, she could face criminal charges such as vehicular manslaughter, even if she did not mean to kill the woman. Drivers and pedestrians have a duty to share the roadways responsibly. This means that motorists must watch for pedestrians at all times — even outside of crosswalks and take appropriate action, such as slow down or stop and allow the person to cross the road.
From the article, it appears as though the driver hit the pedestrian with extreme force, causing her to die upon impact. This means that the driver could have been speeding, so it possible that she was driving at such a high rate of speed that she could not slow down in time to avoid hitting the woman.
Besides criminal charges, the driver could face a wrongful death suit from the woman’s family. A lawsuit could help the family recover compensation to pay for damages caused by the loss of a loved one, such as funeral expenses and lost wages.
Source: CBS Miami, “One Dead After Early Morning Accident” Marybel Rodriguez, Feb. 11, 2014