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Man detained after fleeing from accident in Pennsylvania

A 34-year-old man was arrested near Apollo after he fled the scene of an accident. According to police, the man's SUV struck a smaller car while he was trying to make a left turn into a modular home parking lot. The crash occurred on Route 65 near McKinstry Hill Road.

Authorities made use of helicopters, dogs and over a dozen officers in attempts to locate the 34-year-old man who had apparently tried to escape by asking other people for a ride. After a two-hour search, he was finally located near the corner of North Warren Avenue and Hildebrand Way in downtown Apollo. After being taken to the hospital for an examination, he was placed in the Armstrong County Jail. The man had multiple arrest warrants and a lengthy list of prior convictions, according to reports.

The 61-year-old driver of the smaller vehicle died at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville due to his injuries. A man and a woman riding as passengers in the vehicle suffered serious injuries and were flown to Pittsburgh hospital. Details about their conditions and personal information were not available in reports.

An auto accident that results in a death is a serious and traumatic event. Surviving family members can seek compensation for their loss in such an accident by filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent driver involved in the accident. The damages collected in the lawsuit can pay for after-death expenses, medical expenses, other economic damages and certain non-economic damages.

A successful wrongful death lawsuit might require evidence of the negligence of the other driver provided by police reports and investigation of the crash. The plaintiff might also want to collect as much evidence as possible related to the cost of the accident. An attorney may assist with the collection, organization and presentation of this evidence to collect the highest amount of damages possible in the case.

Source: TribLive, "Police: Man in custody after running from fatal Kiski Township hit-run crash," Chuck Biedka, Feb. 24, 2015

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