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Missouri hit-and-run accident leads to charges

When a driver is driving recklessly and without regard for the safety of others, there is a great chance of someone getting injured or worse. When a car accident occurs under those conditions, injured victims or the families of deceased victims may have legal recourse to seek compensation for their losses. A recent hit-and-run accident in Missouri appears to have been caused by a reckless driver and has left one family mourning its loss. 

On a Friday night in late March, a car was stopped at an intersection when a pickup truck struck it from behind. The car went into a spin and left the roadway. According to witnesses, the truck actually drove over the car before the truck's driver fled the scene. One witness claims that she never saw any brake lights as the truck approached the car.

People who witnessed the incident followed the truck that allegedly caused the accident. After noticing his pursuers, the driver reportedly became aggressive, and he then fled on foot. He was identified in a photographic line up and charged in the crash. The 34-year-old driver of the car died from the injuries he sustained. The 21-year-old truck driver who caused the accident has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and also with leaving the scene of the accident.

In an accident such as this one in which a negligent driver faces criminal charges for his or her part in a hit-and-run accident, the evidence used in the criminal trial may also be used against the negligent driver in civil proceedings should a victim or a deceased victim's family wish to pursue compensation. Regardless of the outcome of a criminal trial, a claim can still be filed in a Missouri civil court. When civil claims are successful, compensation is often awarded to victims or victims' families to cover accident-related losses.

Source: kansascity.com, "Sibley man faces manslaughter charge in Independence hit-and-run", Matt Campbell, March 30, 2015

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