Our readers in Grand Rapids are, unfortunately, probably used to seeing news reports about motor vehicle accidents. In fact, most are probably also used to seeing the aftermath of these crashes on the side of the road in-person, as emergency personnel and tow-trucks respond and clean up. Still, reports about fatal motor vehicle accidents can be shocking, especially when such incidents involve a hit-and-run.

Some of our readers may have seen reports about a fatal hit-and-run collision that occurred recently in nearby Montclam County. According to the reports, the collision in question occurred during the evening hours on March 7. It appears that a Chevrolet Malibu being driven by a 19-year-old, with a 50-year-old passenger, was stopped at an intersection when a GMC pickup truck slammed into the back of the car. The 50-year-old passenger in the car was transported to a local hospital for emergency treatment, but she died of her injuries. The 19-year-old driver of the car apparently also suffered some injuries, but was treated at the scene.

As for the driver of the GMC pickup truck, the reports were unable to provide details about that individual’s condition because, unfortunately, that driver reportedly fled the scene of the accident on foot. Law enforcement officials are, of course, looking for this driver and have asked the public to help with any available information.

When the hit-and-run driver is, hopefully, eventually apprehended, that individual will not only face criminal penalties, but also potentially a civil lawsuit as well. Rear-end collisions are usually quite easy to determine fault in, and this collision not only caused injuries, but also resulted in a potential wrongful death situation.