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Charleston car accident kills pedestrian

In Charleston, just like any other city in the country, some streets and intersections tend to be more dangerous than others. Regardless of the street or highway in question, however, every driver has the same obligation to drive with care to avoid injuring other people on the road.

A recent car accident in Charleston resulted in the death of an elderly woman. The victim was crossing the street on a Thursday morning when a sport utility vehicle slammed into her. A witness who was standing at a nearby bus stop rushed to the woman's aid, but she had apparently already died from her injuries.

The witness explained that the intersection where the accident occurred seems particularly dangerous because cars exit the adjacent highway and reach the area at a high rate of speed. Police on the scene interviewed the driver of the SUV, who was apparently cooperative and distraught about the accident. The accident investigation is ongoing, and according to a sergeant with the Charleston Police Department they may be able to get a video recording of the accident from cameras at the nearby capitol building.

Car accidents like this are a reminder of just how dangerous driving can be. This is especially true where a driver is not fully concentrating on the road. Distractions like cell phones, the radio or gazing at catchy roadside scenery is no excuse for failing to drive safely.

Although the driver of the SUV may be remorseful, that does not absolve of him of liability. Depending upon the results of the police investigation, the driver may be responsible for the wrongful death of the elderly pedestrian. Likewise, anyone who is the victim of a negligent driver, may have legal options for getting compensation.

Source: WCHS ABC 8, "Good Samaritan Tries To Save Woman Hit By SUV In Charleston," Katelyn Sykes, Oct. 17, 2013

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