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Alaska man leaves victim lying in the road at car accident scene

Leaving the scene of a car accident involving a pedestrian is a crime in Alaska, regardless of the reasons behind the motivation to flee. Some people leave the scene of a car accident because they are impaired, while others flee out of panic, but even that is not an excuse to drive away. After all, a simple call to emergency responders might be the difference between life and death for the individual who was hurt.

In a recent hit-and-run accident involving a skateboarder in Anchorage, the driver chose to flee rather than stay and attempt to provide his victim with help. The vehicle and its driver were eventually located thanks to witnesses who managed to record the license plate number of the vehicle that hit the 23-year-old woman. At last report, he was being held on a $30,000 bond.

Unfortunately, the woman did not survive her injuries. Her death only makes the fact that the 51-year-old driver left her to die even more tragic. While the driver faces criminal charges for his actions, he may also find himself facing a wrongful death claim filed by the victim's grieving family members.

A lawsuit of this kind will seek to compensate the victim's family for the death of its loved one. Any award or settlement will help offset expenses and damages directly related to the car accident, along with any other damages allowed under Alaska law. Though receiving compensation through a lawsuit will not bring back the victim, it can help the surviving family members by taking away financial hardships during this difficult time.

Source:, "UPDATE: Police identify victim of Friday's hit-and-run; driver charged", March 28, 2015

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