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Authorities arrest suspect of fatal hit-and-run in Phoenix

When a tragic event like a fatal accident occurs, drivers should understand the importance of sticking around until authorities are at the scene of the accident. This is especially important in a serious or fatal automobile collision. Ensuring those involved get proper medical care is crucial. Furthermore, remaining at the scene also helps in the investigation process. Failure to stop or remain at the scene of the accident could lead to bigger issues for the fleeing driver such as criminal and civil liabilities.

After a fatal hit-and-run crash occurred in Phoenix, authorities recently apprehended the man suspected of causing the fatal automobile collision. According to reports, the accident involved a suspected drunk driver and a 53-year-old male pedestrian. Police believe that the driver struck the man around 9 p.m. and initially attempted to stop after the crash. The driver presumably fled when police began arriving at the scene of the accident.

The pedestrian was transported to the hospital where he later died. Authorities apprehended the alleged hit-and-run driver and charged him with DUI and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. In addition to facing criminal penalties, the driver could also be hit with civil claims. In order to recover from their losses and damages associated with the crash, the loved ones of the deceased could file a wrongful death claim.

Following all hit-and-run accidents, the investigation process is crucial. It could help establish cause, fault and liability. Furthermore, if an injured or affected party seeks to file a cause of action, this information will be pertinent in their claim. The loss of a loved one can be a difficult and emotional event. Coping with their losses and dealing with the financial burdens caused by the accident could be life-altering. Seeking advice about a civil claim could help them with the filing and the entire process.

Source: My Fox Phoenix, "Victim and suspect in deadly hit and run crash identified," Alexis Mladenoff, July 19, 2014

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