Authorities in Ocean City, Maryland, have charged a 64-year-old man with failing to return and remain at the scene of a collision involving bodily injury following a pedestrian accident. The incident took place late on Monday, March 10. The victim, a 49-year-old Ocean City woman, was transported to the Peninsula Regional Medical Center, but information regarding her condition was not available in reports.
Officers responded to the area of Keyser Point Road after receiving reports suggesting that a hit-and-run crash occurred. After investigating the scene, authorities were able to determine how the vehicle that caused the accident looked. Witnesses and evidence found at the crash site suggested that the suspect vehicle was a red GMC or Chevrolet truck. Police found the driver on Golf Course Road after identifying that his vehicle had mirror damage that was consistent the available evidence. According to police, the driver realized that he had collided with something, but he did not know that it was a person.
Due to the nature of such collisions, victims of pedestrian accidents might suffer debilitating, life-altering injuries that permanently inhibit their ability to live and work as they did before the crash. Even in cases where permanent disability is not a factor, victims must often endure hospitalization and prolonged rehabilitative treatment, and during these extended recovery periods, the victims are usually unable to earn a living. In order to help the injured recover their lost wages and deal with their medical expenses, such victims may be entitled to seek compensation from the liable party.
Motorists have an innate duty of care to others that share the roadway with them, and negligence, impairment and other such actions constitute failures of this duty. In this case, the man who caused the accident did not stop to render aid after the collision occurred. That decision, coupled with the citations the man received from authorities, might be used as evidence of negligence and liability for damages.
Source: WBOC 16, “O.C. Man Charged in Pedestrian Crash,” Kye Parsons, March 11, 2014