Hit-and-run accidents can be especially vexing to both law enforcement personnel and the victims and their families. The thought that the person who is legally responsible for the accident may escape the reach of the justice system can be a constant aggravation. A recent accident in Grand Rapids appears to be the cause of twice as much stress because two drivers who may be responsible left the scene before law enforcement personnel arrived.
The three-vehicle collision occurred at about 3:15 p.m. on May 14 at the intersection of Dallas Avenue and Watkins Street, a largely residential neighborhood in Grand Rapids. When officers arrived, they found that two of the drivers had already fled the scene. The officers also discovered an injured 17-year-old in one of the cars whose driver appeared to have run away on foot. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital but died from her injuries. The driver of another vehicle involved in the collision attempted to drive away from the scene, but the vehicle was found a short distance away. The driver was not in the vehicle and has apparently not been identified. The collision apparently involved a significant degree of force – the rear axle of the car containing the injured woman could be seen on a nearby sidewalk after being ripped away by the force of the collision.
The driver and passengers of a third vehicle remained at the scene and cooperated with police. According to police, another person suffered injuries that required hospitalization. These injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
Sorting out any accident can be complex, but these complexities increase by an exponential factor when two of three drivers have temporarily eluded the police. The family of the young woman who lost her life and the injured person both have a strong interest in pursuing the at-fault driver for damages. Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one under similar circumstances may wish to consult an experienced personal injury attorney for an evaluation of the evidence and an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, loss of past and future income and pain and suffering.