According to reports, a 73-year-old man who was allegedly involved in a fatal hit-and-run collision on Feb. 1 on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway turned himself in to federal marshals on April 8. The man reportedly told officers he didn't know what he had struck with his vehicle the night of the accident.
On the night of the accident, a 38-year-old man was changing a tire on a 2007 Hyundai Sonata as it was parked on the shoulder of the northbound highway, which is under the jurisdiction of the federal National Park Service. The man's 28-year-old fiancee was holding a flashlight, while a 16-year-old boy was also standing outside. The 73-year-old man's vehicle struck them, killing the 38-year-old man and seriously injuring his fiancee. The 16-year-old boy was reportedly knocked down but was uninjured.
Following the collision, the 73-year-old man continued driving. Officers used vehicle fragments that were left behind at the scene to trace the man's 2004 Toyota Sienna through insurance and motor vehicle records. The man had reportedly made a claim to his insurance company on Feb. 2, and law enforcement seized the vehicle when he took it to a shop for repairs on Feb. 16. He was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident and careless driving after he turned himself in. After making his initial federal court appearance, he was released on supervision and appointed a public defender.
It can be devastating, both emotionally and financially, for families when their loved ones are killed in motor vehicle accidents. When a driver's negligence results in a fatal accident, the victim's family may choose to initiate a wrongful death civil action against the responsible party. Through such a lawsuit, the family might recover damages in order to receive compensation for their losses.
Source: WTOP, "Hyattsville man charged with fatal BW Parkway hit-and-run," April 9, 2015.