A man recently turned himself in after hitting and killing a 4-year-old girl earlier this year in Winter Park in the neighboring state of Florida. According to a report by CNN, the man was driving an SUV when he hit another car, sending that car crashing into a nearby daycare center. After the man collided with the other vehicle, he fled the scene of the accident. Later that day, he rented another SUV.
In all, 13 children were injured in the accident as well as one adult. Teachers on staff at the time of the accident came to the rescue, performing CPR on injured students until emergency personnel arrived to take over. Twelve children had to be taken to four different hospitals. At the time of the publication of the CNN article, all but five had been released; two of those were in serious condition and one in critical condition. Despite the valiant efforts of the teachers, one of the young children injured in the accident lost her life as a result.
The hit and run driver eluded police, but eventually turned himself in to authorities earlier this week. As it turns out, the driver had connections to a local gang and had been arrested in the past for drug charges. He is currently being held on $100,000 bail.
Fatal Hit and Run Accidents in Georgia
Unfortunately, tragic accidents like this fatal hit and run accident happen all too often in neighboring Georgia. In fact, so far this year we have already seen a substantial number of hit and run accidents compared to other years. As the article mentioned, the driver involved in the accident is facing criminal charges because he left the scene of an accident resulting in death. In addition to these charges, however, that driver may be joined in a civil suit for damages by any of the injured parties, or the family of the deceased 4-year-old. Thus, a hit and run driver may face both civil and criminal liability for his or her actions.
If the accident victim is alive, then the suit will be brought under the legal theory of negligence. This requires that the accident victim prove the four basic elements of negligence which are:
- Duty: Did the defendant owe the accident victim a duty of care?
- Breach: Did the defendant violate the duty he or she owed the accident victim?
- Causation: Did the defendant’s breach of a legal duty cause the damages the plaintiff complains of?
- Damages: Did the plaintiff suffer some kind of compensable damages?
Have You Been Injured in a Georgia Car Accident?
If you have recently been injured in a Georgia auto accident, you should speak to an experienced Georgia car accident attorney as soon as practicable. If your injuries were caused by the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to monetary compensation to help you pay for medical expenses both past and future. In addition, you may be eligible for compensation for your pain and suffering caused by the accident. To find out more about the laws in Georgia that allow accident victims to recover for their injuries, click here, or call 770-284-3727 to schedule your free initial consultation.