A 62-year-old woman lost her life after getting struck by a hit-and-run driver in Greenville, South Carolina (SC), on the morning of March 24, 2015. The fatal pedestrian crash occurred at the intersection of Old Buncombe Road and Neely Street. Part of the front bumper from the vehicle involved remained near the deceased victim, and police continue searching for the driver of a white 2002 to 2006 Acura RSX. Anyone with information about the deadly wreck or the driver who left before emergency responders arrived is being asked to call the Highway Patrol at (864) 241-1000 or Crime Stoppers at (888) CRIME-SC (274-6372).
Finding the at-fault driver who fled the scene of the fatal crash is essential for holding him or her accountable. As a friend of the pedestrian who died from injuries suffered in the wreck told television station WSPA, "It's not accident after you leave the scene, so I would just say just come forward, man,"
Beyond securing justice through criminal prosecution, identifying the person responsible for taking another's life lets family members of the deceased secure compensation for death-related expenses and losses. Insurance claims and civil lawsuits for wrongful death can ease the burdens of paying for a funeral, replacing lost wages and dealing with undeserved and unexpected emotional pain.
Sadly, South Carolina collisions in which pedestrians die have risen dramatically during the first three months of 2015. Citing state Department of Public Safety data, WSPA noted that 25 such fatal crashes have occurred this year, while 17 happened during 2014. That upward trend should trouble everyone and make them more cautious. Drivers must act as if they hold pedestrians' lives in their hands when they grip the steering wheel. They do.