When Caught, Hit-And-Run Suspect May Face Wrongful Death Suits

A devastating recent Indiana hit-and-run left three individuals dead, the youngest of whom was an 8-month-old girl. While hit-and-runs are sometimes difficult to prosecute, police have located the vehicle believed to be responsible. It is hoped that officials will also soon apprehend the suspect, who could then be subjected to wrongful death lawsuits from the families of the victims.

The crash occurred at approximately 9:20 p.m. on Saturday night. According to reports, the car was traveling east when it veered off the south side of the road, striking the five individuals. It then traveled back onto the road where it struck two additional vehicles before fleeing the scene, according to police.

An 11-year-old was pronounced dead on site. The other individuals were all transported to various hospitals for treatment. A 22-year-old was the next to pass away, followed by the 8-month-old, who died on Sunday afternoon of complications from multiple injuries, per the autopsy report. The remaining two victims were hospitalized with serious injuries.

The police received a number of tips regarding the suspected driver and vehicle involved in the hit-and-run. On the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 4, officers were dispatched to investigate reports of a suspicious vehicle. They discovered a silver car concealed beneath a tarp and, after obtaining a search warrant, were able to gather enough evidence to conclude that it is the same vehicle that was involved in the fatal hit-and-run.

Police detectives are continuing their investigation and attempting to locate the owner of the vehicle. Hopefully, they will soon find and arrest the perpetrator of the hit-and-run. Apart from any official criminal proceedings against the driver responsible, it is possible that he or she may also face a number of wrongful death lawsuits should the families of the deceased victims decide to pursue civil action. An experienced Indiana personal injury attorney could represent anyone who has lost a loved one in a car crash due to another driver's fault or negligence and fight to hold the responsible parties accountable.

Source: CBS Chicago, "Vehicle In Hit-And-Run Crash That Left 3 Dead In Indiana Located", Aug. 29, 2017