Pennsylvanian drivers who cause hit-and-run accidents use a variety of tactics to avoid identification and arrest. In a recent fatal accident involving a hit-and-run death, the driver of the involved vehicle inadvertently identified himself by trying to sell the truck as a means of avoiding arrest.
The accident occurred on March 3, 2017, when the driver of a Ford F-150 pick-up truck struck and killed a man who stepped into Route 100 from the center median. The pedestrian was hit by the pick-up truck and was thrown 140 feet through the air. The pick-up truck driver did not stop. After the first collision, a second vehicle struck the pedestrian. According to doctors, the man suffered multiple injuries and the injuries caused by the hit-and-run driver were sufficient to have killed him.
The driver of pickup truck hastily arranged a sale of the truck for $1,500. He told the buyer that a falling tree had caused damage to the front end of the vehicle. The buyer asked to have the truck checked by a mechanic. The mechanic who examined the truck knew that police were looking for a pickup truck with front-end damage, and he told the prospective buyer, who notified police. Police arrested the driver on charges of leaving the scene of an accident and lying to police.
Fatal hit-and-run accidents can be especially devastating for family and friends of the decedent. In addition to losing a loved one, families are deprived of the opportunity to recover damages. A knowledgeable lawyer can provide crucial assistance in identifying the culpable driver and helping the family recover compensation. The lawyers at Leisawitz Heller in Reading have extensive experience in helping families of victims of hit-and-run drivers recover damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering and loss of companionship.
Source: Reading Eagle, "Gilbertsville man arrested in fatal Pottstown hit-and-run," Steven Henshaw, March 18, 2017