While there may be more physically damaging accidents, a hit-and-run accident is one of the most emotionally draining types of car accidents possible. Not knowing who hit you can wreak havoc on your mind, and when there is no one to stand accountable for the crash, there is no closure available in the form of justice through the Massachusetts legal process. The situation is even worse if there are seriously injuries as a result of the car accident.
A 19-year-old mother, pregnant with another child, was pushing her almost 2-year-old daughter in a stroller in Springfield. They were walking across the street during the evening when a vehicle struck her and the stroller and subsequently fled the scene. Reportedly, a second car drove over the mother, likely unable to respond fast enough to the first impact from the other vehicle. The 23-year-old driver of the second car stopped at the scene and will not face any criminal charges, according to authorities.
The young mother was killed in the crash; her daughter is hospitalized in intensive care due to injuries sustained during the accident. A 35-year-old man believed to be the driver who struck the woman and child is now under arrest and is facing a number of charges. The charges include leaving the scene of an accident, motor vehicle homicide and leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in a fatality.
This is a very tragic car accident that resulted in a serious injury of a child and the death of a mother, as well as her unborn child. The victim's family will be looking for a speedy recovery for the young girl, who is currently in intensive care at a Massachusetts hospital, as they grieve the loss of the mother. While no amount of money can bring the mother back, the family may wish to explore their options in holding the driver responsible for his possibly negligent actions. This may help the family find a sense of justice that the criminal prosecution may not provide.
Source: MyFoxBoston.com, "Arrest in crash that killed stroller-pushing mom," July 30, 2012