The Delaware State Police launched an investigation following a hit-and-run accident in Wilmington that claimed the life of a pedestrian. A preliminary report indicates that a pedestrian was fatally injured when she was struck by a vehicle on a recent Saturday evening. The victim was a 40-year-old Wilmington woman.
Reportedly, the woman was crossing a road in Wilmington shortly before 9:40 p.m. when a vehicle struck her. However, the driver of the car failed to stop. As that driver continued driving, a second car struck the pedestrian. The driver and three passengers occupied that vehicle, none of whom was injured. That driver, a 58-year-old woman, remained at the scene.
Reportedly, this driver was traveling in the left turn lane, and she could not see the pedestrian who landed in that lane when the first vehicle struck her. Although there appears to be limited witness information, authorities described the vehicle of the hit-and-run driver, its color, and suspected damage to left side and left front. Additional damage was noted to the mirror on the driver’s side that is missing, apparently due to the impact with the pedestrian.
The driver who left the crash scene is still on the run, but law enforcement ultimately catch up with hit-and-run drivers in most cases. When they do, the surviving family members could pursue financial relief through the Delaware civil justice system. By filing a wrongful death lawsuit, they might be awarded damage recovery for end-of-life expenses, lost income and other economic damages. In addition, the court might award damages for emotional damages like pain and suffering.