A pedestrian accident can happen at any time, but after sunset, the chances increase. Even in areas where pedestrian traffic is common, some drivers still fail to notice pedestrians in or near they roadway after dark. After a recent pedestrian accident in Alaska, residents are hoping drivers will become more vigilant.
A man was found lying in the road, having been spotted by the town's safety patrol. They called the police department and described the man as being unconscious and seriously injured. Emergency personnel took the man to a nearby medical facility, but he had died by the time they had arrived.
Many residents in the area do not own vehicles and walk most places they go. They are concerned about the challenging conditions in the area. Police state their investigation indicated the man was hit by a vehicle, but the driver did not stay in the area after the incident. They are asking the community for help in obtaining information that may lead to the identity of the driver.
This type of pedestrian accident is especially hard on the victim's surviving family members, whether in Alaska or elsewhere. If the driver is not found to give details on the incident, the family may be unable to find the closure they need to be able to heal from the loss of their loved one. However, if the driver is located and it is determined he or she is at fault for the death, the family can initiate a lawsuit and seek compensation that, if awarded, would cover many of the costs associated with the aftermath of the accident.
Source: ktva.com, "Anchorage police identify man killed in Fairview hit-and-run", Oct. 3, 2015