This is an exciting time at Berks County high schools as seniors graduate and other students get ready for summer. Unfortunately, students at one Pennsylvania high school are mourning a classmate killed in a hit-and-run accident.
On May 24, according to news reports, a driver in a silver 2008 Acura MDX ran a red light and crashed into a 1998 Acura TL carrying two high school students. Authorities said that the occupants of the 2008 Acura then fled the car accident scene on foot. One of the occupants has two outstanding unrelated warrants, according to authorities. At last report, police were looking for the driver who they said fled the scene.
Killed in the crash was one of the occupants of the 1998 Acura. The occupant was a junior at a local high school. According to news reports, he was killed the day before his 17th birthday. Another occupant, 17, also a high school junior, suffered injuries and was listed in critical condition at last report.
A hit-and-run driver often will face criminal charges. Depending on the circumstances, they also may be liable for deaths and injuries that they illegally caused. Victims of negligent drivers may be eligible to receive damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.
Red light violations are just one of the possible ways a driver could be found negligent for harmful bad driving. Drunk driving, distracted driving, texting while driving and tailgating are other behaviors that could result in liability for a bad driver. Drivers who engage in these behaviors could be defendants if their bad driving habits result in injury to others.