A failed attempt to flee a traffic stop in Rock Hill, South Carolina (SC), left one innocent woman dead and five other people in three cars badly injured. Police quickly chased down the at-fault driver after he ran a red light at the intersection of Heckle Boulevard and Crawford Road and tried to run away on foot.
The deceased victim, identified as a 72-year-old resident of Bartell, was driving a Prius. The driver leading the police pursuit hit the Prius first and continued moving. Details on the injuries sustained by the surviving victims were not made public.
Police have announced their intent to charge the at-fault driver with causing a hit-and-run collision, causing a death while operating a motor vehicle, eluding and possessing illegal drugs with intent to distribute. Additional charges are likely. It is unclear if he was under the influence of drugs at the time of the fatal multivehicle wreck.
The injured people and the family members of the woman who lost her life deserve insurance settlements and other forms of damage payments for the fleeing driver's reckless behavior. They may find that difficult to collect, however, because insurance companies can deny claims that arise directly from a policyholder's criminal activity. They may have recourse to filing claims under uninsured motorist provisions of their own insurance policies. Consulting with a knowledgeable and empathetic Carolina personal injury and wrongful death attorney could help them explore this option.