Honesty is a virtue that is instilled in many individuals at a young age. The ability to tell the truth, even when its consequences may not be to one's benefit, is not always easy to do. It sometimes takes a thorough examination of multiple witness reports for Rhode Island authorities to determine the cause of a pedestrian accident. A recent incident in Fall River is still under investigation as law enforcement officials have received conflicting reports from witnesses and one of the parties involved in the crash.
The accident occurred at a bus stop when three pedestrians were struck by the vehicle of a 17-year-old female driver. All three victims sustained injuries that required them to be taken to local hospitals. Police charged the driver for speeding and for negligent driving.
The accused girl told police that another motorist had come to a sudden stop in front of her. She claimed that as she attempted to dodge this vehicle, she lost control of her own car and unfortunately crashed into the pedestrians. Multiple witnesses reported to authorities that the young driver was speeding and this other vehicle was already stopped on the roadway.
If the ongoing investigation for this pedestrian accident results in enough evidence to prove the girl's story untrue, then her family and her could be facing even harsher consequences for her actions. A personal injury claim can be filed in a Rhode Island civil court anytime there is evidence that a victim's injuries came as the result of a negligent driver. Compensation awarded from a successfully litigated lawsuit can ease the victim's pain and suffering while helping to cover medical bills, rehabilitation and any lost wages.
Source: heraldnews.com, Driver's statements to police after Fall River bus stop crash conflict with witness accounts, Brian Fraga Herald, Sept. 18, 2013