Updated on: 11/1/2021
Police say that a hit-and-run driver is responsible for a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred near Central Avenue North and South 228th Street in Kent over the weekend.
The 51-year-old man was crossing in a clearly-marked crosswalk at approximately 4:30 a.m. Saturday when he was struck by a vehicle, which witnesses say may have run a red light.
Officers responded to the scene and found the victim lying in the roadway unconscious and unresponsive. First-responders attempted to resuscitate the man, but their efforts were not successful and he was later pronounced dead at the scene.
News reports indicate that investigators were able to locate a vehicle matching the description of the one involved in the collision, but the driver had fled the scene. It was not clear if police had any information that might lead to the identification of a suspect.
Legal Challenges in Hit-and-Run Cases
The results of the police investigation should help the surviving family members determine their best course of legal action following this tragic incident. Hit-and-run collisions can be challenging from a legal perspective because witness testimony is crucial to identify who is individually responsible for causing the injury or death of an innocent pedestrian.
Given that the officers were able to locate a vehicle similar to the one believed to have struck this man, it is increasingly likely that someone may be held accountable. However, you never can be too sure when it comes to hit-and-run accidents.
Contact an Experienced Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
The award-winning team of pedestrian accident lawyers at Davis Law Group have decades of experience investigating serious pedestrian accident claims. We have a team of investigators dedicated to pursuing every possible avenue of investigation, and we are dedicated to holding wrongdoers accountable for the harm they cause.
Attorney Chris Davis has published a helpful legal guide on pedestrian accident claims, which is free to accident victims and their loved ones in Washington. Right of Way: The Essential Guide to Pedestrian Accident Law in Washington State is a free legal guide that can help you better understand your legal rights.
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