An unidentified male pedestrian was killed in a supposed hit-and-run crash Thursday morning, and police are still looking for the driver responsible for the crash.
According to KOMONews.com, police first received calls at approximately 4:30 a.m. Thursday about a man inured in the street. Police responded to the scene at Fourth Street near the Interstate 5 on-ramp and found an unidentified 52-year-old man who appeared to have been struck by a vehicle.
First responders attempted life-saving procedures on the man at the scene and transported him to a nearby hospital, where he later died from his injuries. There is no information regarding the vehicle which may have struck the victim, and police are actively seeking witnesses to the incident.
Legal Issues Involved in Hit-and-Run Crashes
Hit-and-run collisions happen in the Seattle area more than we’d like to think, and it’s a sad reality that drivers frequently flee the scene of a collision in which an injured person was left unattended. The victim in this case clearly needed help, and yet the person responsible for his injuries failed in their duty to care for him.
This can be tragic and frustrating for a victim’s loved ones, as the police investigation will likely take a significant amount of time. Since the collision happened at a time when there are fewer people out on the road, it may be difficult for police to find any witnesses. And without witnesses to the incident, tracking down the at-fault driver can be extremely difficult.
For a victim’s surviving loved ones to achieve justice for the loss of a loved one, they must know the identity of the person who is responsible for their loved one’s tragic death. If the at-fault party cannot be identified, then a lawsuit cannot be filed and criminal charges against the driver cannot be pursued. These are perfect examples of why gathering the identity of an at-fault driver can make or break criminal and civil cases relating to a collision.