An accident between a pedestrian and a car is a horrible enough situation in and of itself. When the driver flees the scene, it can make matters much more complicated. One family is now left with many unanswered questions after a 15-year-old Rhode Island girl sustained injuries in a recent hit and run. Providence police are now asking the public to come forward with any information about the driver or the accident.
The incident occurred just before 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 13 as the girl was crossing a street near an intersection. She told the local media that a tan minivan was making a right turn when it struck her. According to the victim, the driver stopped long enough to roll down his window and apologize, but then he admonished her for not watching where she was crossing. After that, he purportedly fled the scene.
In the aftermath of the accident, the girl was able to call her mother for help. The high school sophomore was taken for treatment to Hasbro Children's Hospital. She was reported to be in stable condition with injuries to her neck and back.
If police ever find the driver involved in the hit and run, he may face criminal charges in addition to a civil claim for personal injury. In Rhode Island, a personal injury lawsuit may be successful if there is evidence that the injuries resulted from someone else's act of negligence. In this situation, the girl's family may wish to seek financial compensation for her medical expenses and any additional costs resulting from the accident. In addition, such an action may allow them to obtain a sense of justice so they can put this incident behind them.
Source: NBC 10, Student injured in Providence hit-and-run, No author, Jan. 14, 2014