On October 18, 2018, one pedestrian lost her life in a hit-and-run in Liberty Lake.
According to KXLY4 News, this crash happened between Country Vista Drive and Mission Avenue in the early morning hours. When police arrived on the scene, they discovered the pedestrian lying on the crosswalk.
Although first-responders transported the crash victim to a local hospital, she was soon pronounced dead from her injuries.
A driver later confessed to this terrible crash and claims that they had frost on their windshield and didn’t notice the pedestrian. That driver has been charged with vehicular homicide.
What is Vehicular Homicide?
According to RCW 46.61.520, Washington State drivers may be charged with this Class A Felony when the driver was operating a motor vehicle and the death of another person is the proximate result of the driver driving under the influence, in a reckless manner, or with the disregard for the safety of others.
After a Hit-And-Run
Civil suits are completely different than criminal charges.
When a loved one is killed in a hit and run crash and the driver is known, family members left behind may be able to file a wrongful death case. While it’s generally the last thing on your mind, it’s always a good idea to contact an attorney as soon as possible. That’s because insurers are likely already working against you. They do not like wrongful death cases.
If you were injured in a hit and run crash, you may be able to seek compensation from you own insurance company if you have uninsured motorist coverage. If the driver is located, you may be able to file a claim against them as well. Hopefully they have more than the mandatory minimum liability insurance, too.
Go here for more information on hit and runs in Washington State.
Liberty Lake Pedestrian Injury Lawyer
The law offices of Crary, Clark, Domanico & Chuang, PS have been helping Liberty Lake crash victims get the compensation and closure they deserve for years. If you or a loved one is ever involved in a crash, please feel free to call us. We provide free consultations and case evaluations and only offer you options which are in your best interest. We represent clients in both Idaho and Washington.