KSAT.com recently reported on a tragic accident that occurred near the HEB at Walzem and Montgomery and resulted in the death of a local homeless man. Witnesses told police that the driver of a silver Ford pick-up truck was pulling out of the HEB and South onto Walzem toward Eisehauer when the truck struck a man crossing the street. The man, who was described as a homeless man in his 60s, died at the scene of the accident.
One witness indicated that the driver of the truck briefly stopped and exited the vehicle, but then reentered the truck and drove away without helping the fatally injured man. Witnesses also were able to give a partial license plate number for the silver pick-up truck, and police are continuing to search for the hit-and-run driver.
In addition to facing potential criminal charges for leaving the scene of an accident and perhaps more serious charges related to the man’s death, the hit-and-run driver, if identified, may be civilly liable for certain expenses related to the man’s death. Although this particular report describes the victim of this fatal accident as homeless, this is not to say that the man actually was homeless, or that he had no surviving family. Any immediate family who survives the deceased man may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver who caused the man’s death. Proceeds from a wrongful death lawsuit can cover expenses such as final medical costs, pain and suffering incurred prior to the man’s death, funeral and burial expenses, and loss of companionship and/or support. Although the possibility of holding this hit-and-run driver responsible in this case may seem remote at this point, police do have some leads in this case that may result in the discovery of the driver responsible.
If a family member has been fatally injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another driver, you may have a valid wrongful death claim. In this case, you should immediately contact an experienced Seguin, Texas wrongful death attorney for assistance.