A 32-year-old man suffered fatal head injuries in a deadly car accident near Ruston, according to authorities. The May 28 incident reportedly occurred on westbound Interstate 20 at approximately 1 a.m.
Police said a blue Volkswagen Jetta driven by a 21-year-old woman hit the man on the highway and then fled the scene without stopping. A 22-year-old woman was a passenger in the Jetta, reportedly.
According to authorities, Grambling City Police located the Jetta on the campus of Grambling State University. Police indicated that they do not suspect impairment was a factor in the accident. Nonetheless, officials took a toxicology sample from the Jetta driver and sent it out for analysis.
The 21-year-old woman allegedly admitted that she had been driving the car at the time of the accident, and police charged her with felony hit-and-run. Police charged the 22-year-old woman with accessory after the fact. Police booked both women into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.
When people die in traffic accidents, their families are often left to deal with significant financial hardships besides emotional grief and anguish. For, the sudden death of a loved one may result in the loss of a paycheck coming into the family household as well as expenses associated with the decedent’s burial, funeral and estate administration.
However, certain family members of deceased victims may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim against the party responsible for the fatal accident. By filing this type of lawsuit, the decedent’s family members may seek financial compensation for the damages they suffered as a result of the fatal incident. If successful, the claimants may be awarded restitution for expenses and lost earnings related to the sudden loss of their loved one.
Source: myarklamiss.com, “Hit and Run Driver Kills Ruston Pedestrian“, May 28, 2014