Authorities have reported that this accident involved a 40-year-old female pedestrian who lived in a nearby mobile home park. She was apparently walking around 1:00 a.m., right outside the park, when a two-door Nissan with a “souped up” rear spoiler on the back. The police have reason to believe that the car was an older Nissan, and perhaps a maroon or dark red color due to marks.
The location of the accident was U.S. Highway 25, near the intersection of state Highway 81, directly across from the mobile home park.
The police also have stated that they are looking for the vehicle, which most likely has damage to its front end and undercarriage.
Accidents like the aforementioned one happen all the time. However, most people do not drive away immediately after. Pursuant to state law, any time someone is involved in a motor vehicle accident, whether with another car or with a pedestrian, the at-fault driver must stop and check on the damage they have caused.
The Greenville police are still looking for the suspect driver, and encourage anyone with information about the incident to come in and speak with them.
According to the South Carolina Legislature , there is a civil action that may be brought for a wrongful act, causing death under SECTION 15-51-10. This law allows either the spouse or children to bring a suit on behalf of their deceased parent. The law stated in pertinent part that ” Whenever the death of a person shall be caused by the wrongful act, neglect or default of another and the act, neglect or default is such as would, if death had not ensued, have entitled the party injured to maintain an action and recover damages in respect thereof, the person who would have been liable, if death had not ensued, shall be liable to an action for damages, notwithstanding the death of the person injured, although the death shall have been caused under such circumstances as make the killing in law a felony. In the event of the death of the wrongdoer, such cause of action shall survive against his personal representative.” S.C. SECTION 15-51-10.
If your family member has been fatally injured such as the story above, contact a personal injury or wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. The statute of limitations can run quickly, and an attorney can guide the way.
If you, or someone you know has been involved in a serious pedestrian accident or wrongful death, contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower, LLP toll-free at 877-374-5999 for more information.