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Missouri hit and run car accident turns deadly

When someone turns a motor vehicle crash into a hit and run accident, others may be put at risk besides those involved in the initial incident. In one particular Missouri collision, it was a secondary car accident after an initial hit and run that led to a death of an innocent man. The man who lost his life was 53 years old.

According to news reports, the initial incident occurred when the driver of an SUV sideswiped a city official's vehicle. The driver then fled and was reportedly speeding down an Interstate. He then allegedly ran through a stop sign and collided with a car. The driver of that car was pronounced dead at the scene.

The car that was broadsided also had two passengers. They were reported to be in critical condition. The driver of the SUV was released from a medical facility after being treated. The reports do not outline what kind of criminal charges the man may face for the incidents.

While the SUV driver will likely face criminal charges for the hit and run car accident and potentially charges related to the man's death, the deceased man's family may still pursue civil action. The family may file a civil suit in Missouri, contending the driver is responsible for the wrongful death of their loved one. Further, the seriously injured passengers have the right to present claims for personal injury. Anytime someone is negligent behind the wheel of a car and someone is injured or dies as a result, the driver deemed wrong may be held accountable in a civil court for monetary damages sustained as a result of wrongful acts.

Source: kmov.com, "Police: Man fleeing hit-and-run wreck slams into car, kills driver," March 14, 2013

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