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Driver hits man at intersection, flees the scene

Pedestrians in Connecticut have a responsibility to follow laws such as crossing streets in crosswalks. Their vulnerability in a motor vehicle collision makes it especially important for them to follow all safety measures and avoid putting themselves in danger. However, even when a driver sees a pedestrian crossing the street illegally, he or she still has the responsibility to do everything possible to avoid a collision. When a driver is negligent, impaired or distracted, a person on foot may not be able to react quickly enough to keep from being hit. 

An unknown person called local law enforcement in Norwalk to report an accident involving a pedestrian. Police reported that when they reached the scene, the driver had fled. The investigation is still underway to determine whether an abandoned vehicle located by the police may have been the one involved in the collision. 

The officers found the pedestrian still lying in the street at the intersection where he was struck. It is not known whether he was in the crosswalk at the time of the accident. He had sustained severe injuries and later died from his wounds at the hospital. 

For family members of hit-and-run victims, holding a driver responsible for an accident may seem impossible when he or she has left the scene. However, law enforcement investigations often are able to identify and locate the person who caused the fatality. An attorney may be able to help those who are seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, punitive damages, and pain and suffering.

Source: NBC Connecticut, "Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run in Norwalk," Sept. 16, 2017

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