A 25-year--old hit-and--run suspect from North Carolina appears to have fled to Texas to avoid charges in connection with a recent car accident. The man is accused of striking and killing a man on a moped at about 6 p.m. on March 30 while driving on Liberty Road. Authorities report that the 64-year-old victim died shortly after arriving at the hospital. The suspect in this case will face both criminal charges and possible civil liability for wrongful death.
Reports from the scene show that the driver did not stop his red Dodge pickup truck after he hit the moped rider. Although that truck has been seized, there is no sign of the driver, who apparently fled town after the accident occurred. The man has not been seen since the day of the accident, according to his family members, and his whereabouts remain unknown. He is charged with careless and reckless driving, along with driving with a revoked license, improper passing and hit-and--run causing death.
Troopers say the man may be headed to Hidalgo, Mexico, where his father lives. That town is about 16 hours away from Houston, according to family members' estimates. The man's relatives have apologized to the victim's family, saying they are sorry for the tragedy the driver caused. The victim's parents are livid about the accident, though, saying they will not be satisfied in the case until the defendant is apprehended.
The victim's parents could seek financial compensation from the hit-and-run driver in connection with the man's wrongful death. The victim's medical bills were likely extremely high because of his severe injuries; a civil suit could provide the funds to pay for those costly treatments. In addition, a civil case could allow the man's parents and children to receive compensation for emotional distress, pain and suffering and loss of consort, among other claims. These relatives should consider speaking to a qualified personal injury attorney to determine their legal options.
Source: News-Record, "Troopers: Driver in Greensboro fatal hit-and-run may be headed to Texas," Sarah Newell Williamson, April 4, 2013