If you’ve been in a car or truck accident, you know that the person who hits you is supposed to stay at the scene. Sometimes, people don’t, and they flee to avoid the repercussions. When that happens, the authorities may be able to file a hit-and-run charge and you may be able to make a claim for compensation accordingly. That’s not always a consolation, though, especially if the hit-and-run accident led to the death of another person like in this case.
A Nov. 10 report discusses an accident caused by a 67-year-old man. The man collided with a driver on Interstate 495 in Mansfield, Massachusetts, when he claims the driver cut him off. The 67-year-old man fled the scene in his damaged pickup truck. The man allegedly told police that, “it’s not like I killed anyone,” so he had no idea that he actually had. The accident resulted in the death of a 37-year-old man and injuries to a 34-year-old male passenger.
It’s been alleged that the 67-year-old man was intoxicated at the time of the accident. He allegedly made intentional contact with the truck being driven by the younger male before taking the same exit ramp as he did. There, the two vehicles struck again, causing the younger man’s vehicle to roll over.
The police reported that the 67-year-old man failed five field sobriety tests. He registered with a blood-alcohol level of .19 and has a history of accusations of drunk driving. He was also recently in treatment for alcoholism, and multiple bottles of alcohol were present in his vehicle.
Source: Boston Globe, “Family remembers victim of Mansfield road rage crash,” Laura Crimaldi, Nov. 10, 2015