It is always a sad day when someone is killed as they go about his or her regular activities. When the victim is an elderly person, the horror seems to be increased because of the frailty of these vulnerable citizens. A recent case in Florida involves a 64-year-old driver and a 90-year-old pedestrian.
The driver was traveling eastbound on Devon Avenue by Fairview when she struck a pedestrian who was crossing the street. Police are trying to determine if the pedestrian was in the crosswalk that was just behind where the Chevrolet Spark came to rest after the car accident.
After being struck by the driver, the pedestrian was transported to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. She was pronounced dead two hours later at the hospital. The driver has been issued a citation for failure to exercise due care, but the investigation is still ongoing. Additional charges against the driver are possible, according to the Park Ridge deputy police chief.
Whether or not this elderly pedestrian was walking in the crosswalk likely won't give her family any consolation. This woman passed away after being involved in a horrible accident that might have been prevented if the driver was more cautious. While the woman does have a pending citation for the incident, the family of the victim might not think that is enough accountability for the accident.
Losing a loved one unexpectedly conjures up horrible emotions as well as financial duress for some families. Seeking financial compensation is one way that family members affected by fatal car accidents might be able to get a little relief from the financial aspect; however, that won't help the emotional pain they have to cope with.
Source: Park Ridge Herald-Advocate, "Florida woman ticketed in accident that killed 90-year-old Park Ridge pedestrian" Jennifer Johnson, Aug. 18, 2014