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Nonfatal pedestrian injuries can result from Alaska hit-and-runs

It is never wise to leave the site of any accident, especially when the accident occurs on a frozen Alaska river and involves an ATV and someone who is standing or walking. In a recent incident, this type of crash caused serious nonfatal pedestrian injuries to one person. Unfortunately, the ATV driver did not remain at the scene of the accident resulting in pedestrian injuries, leaving him open to criminal charges, as well as a potential personal injury lawsuit.

The incident occurred on a weekend evening on Alaska's Yukon River, which was completely frozen. A man was driving an all-terrain vehicle at what has been reported to be a high speed when he struck a female pedestrian. At that point, the driver allegedly stopped to apologize for hitting the woman and then continued to drive his vehicle away.

The woman was seriously injured as a direct result of the crash and was taken to a nearby medical clinic. From there, she was moved to a larger medical facility in Anchorage for more intensive treatment. Because the driver left the scene of the incident, he was found, arrested and placed in jail on $10,000 bail.  He has been charged with assault, as well as leaving an accident scene where injuries were present.

There has been no update as to the specific nonfatal pedestrian injuries suffered by the victim. If she, like many pedestrians who are hit by motorized vehicles, suffered serious injuries, recovery can be a long, slow and painful process. If she chooses to pursue legal recourse against the man who ran into her, as other hit-and-run victims have done, she may be able to receive compensation to help pay for her expenses related to the accident. 

Source: alaska-native-news.com, "Emmonak Man in Jail after Yukon River Accident", Dec. 8, 2014

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