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Woman involved in pedestrian accident charged

To follow up on a previous post, the driver of a vehicle who caused a fatal accident that left a West Virginia University student dead has now been charged with the crime of negligent homicide. The driver is a 20-year-old from out-of-state, and she was reported as in-custody and awaiting her initial hearing.

The basis of the criminal charge is that the woman ignored a red light and therefore hit a 21-year-old college student who was attempting to cross the street. The college student later died as a result of the woman's actions.

The filing of charges, in one sense, will help the victim's family, as they are no doubt looking for some closure in this case as well as some justice. However, in another sense, the criminal case can only do so much for the victim's family, especially when it comes to covering the family's expenses and losses that they will incur because of their loved one's tragic death.

In order to get a full recovery, the victim's family will want to consider filing a wrongful death case in a West Virginia court. Doing so may help the family get compensation for outstanding medical bills, lost earning potential, funeral expenses and other damages. The family may also be able to get some compensation for the emotional loss they no doubt have suffered.

If, for some reason, the woman who is at fault simply does not have the money to pay compensation, other options for recovery may be available to the family. For instance, the family may have access to benefits available through their own insurance company that covers situations in which a victim gets hurt by an underinsured motorist. As the previous post mentioned, other parties may also be liable for this accident, such as if the crosswalks were not properly marked or made safe for pedestrians.

Source: WV News, "Charges filed regarding fatal accident in Morgantown," Matt Samples, Feb. 28, 2018

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