After encountering a motor vehicle collision, some individuals may feel inclined to pull over and check on those involved. Unfortunately, approaching the crash site can be somewhat dangerous if the vehicles came to a rest near traffic lanes, especially if others nearby fail to take action to avoid creating further harm. One person was killed in a recent car accident in Rhode Island after being struck by a hit-and-run driver while attempting to assist a person involved in a separate crash.
The initial incident is said to have occurred on a recent Sunday just before 2 a.m. After encountering the incident on I-95 in Pawtucket, a nurse reportedly stopped and attempted to check on those involved. She was reportedly struck and killed by another driver soon thereafter. Authorities advised that although this person chose to flee the scene, he was located and taken into custody later on.
Most of the details of exactly how the second incident occurred remain unclear. However, reports indicate that the suspected driver of this car is now facing various charges in relation to the incident, including allegations of drunk driving and reckless endangerment. Although many drivers may choose to proceed with caution upon encountering an accident site, those who exhibit such negligent behaviors may be less likely to make similar decisions.
Experiencing an unexpected loss in a car accident involving an impaired driver can be a stressful and daunting process. Following the crash, the deceased’s surviving loved ones could choose to retain the services of an attorney for advice on their options for legal recourse. In doing so, a person in Rhode Island could obtain much-needed assistance in preparing to seek the compensation deserved through a wrongful death claim.