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Hit-and-run leaves one dead; family files wrongful death lawsuit

Many car accidents in the Peoria area result in serious injuries or even death. In addition to dealing with their emotional pain, families often are forced to deal with the financial struggles that come with losing a loved one. The family of a 35-year-old Illinois woman who was killed in a hit-and-run accident is now filing a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages from the driver responsible for the collision.

The 19-year-old driver allegedly struck the woman with the front end of his vehicle as she walked to a gas station near a friend's house at around midnight. The driver then apparently failed to seek emergency help and failed to offer assistance himself, and instead fled the scene of the crash. The woman reportedly died from her injuries and was found a few hours later.

The father of the woman's two young children filed a lawsuit against the driver and the owner of the vehicle, asserting that the driver was negligent in failing to yield to a pedestrian, failing to reduce his speed and fleeing the scene of an accident.

Fatal auto accidents are often caused by driver negligence. If a driver violates traffic laws by, for example, failing to pay attention, driving at an excessive rate of speed or running a red light, and causes an accident, that driver could be held liable for any resulting injuries. If someone dies as a result of the collision, the victim's family may be able to file a lawsuit to recover medical expenses, funeral and burial costs and loss of household services.

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