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Wrongful death suit could follow hit and run crash

When a family loses a loved one in a car crash, it is always a tragic event for those involved. A sudden loss is often far harder to cope with than one that is anticipated, and a loss that seems preventable is even harder to accept. For one family, the aftermath of a fatal Alaska car crash has left them trying to understand the series of events that led to the tragedy. As the case moves forward, criminal charges and a wrongful death suit may be part of that process.

Upon early investigation, police believe that the crash took place in the early morning hours of a recent Wednesday. Calls were placed to emergency dispatch with reports of a vehicle that crashed into a tree nearby a trailer park. When police arrived at the scene, they found a 30-year-old female passenger in the vehicle in an unresponsive state.

The driver of the vehicle, a 23-year-old man, fled the scene on foot. He was apprehended by police less than two hours later in a nearby mobile home. He was arrested on outstanding warrants, and police report that he has a criminal record that includes vehicle theft. Toxicology tests were completed, but the results have not yet been obtained by law enforcement.

As the investigation moves forward, criminal charges will likely be filed in the matter. As for the family of the Alaska woman killed in the hit-and-run crash, they are left to try and make sense of why anyone would leave their loved one injured and alone at the scene of a car crash. Should they decide to do so, a wrongful death suit may help them find some sort of closure in the matter.

Source: Alaska Dispatch News, "Police: Driver fled scene of fatal crash in Anchorage", Jan. 21, 2015

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