According to local North Carolina police, a 22-year-old man was struck and killed on the morning of Feb. 16. A 19-year-old driver was accused of hitting the man, who was a marine, before colliding with a tree and a utility pole while intoxicated.
The driver who allegedly caused the accident was reportedly traveling south on Rose Avenue towards Wrightsville Avenue when he struck the pedestrian in the 200 block. A witness who lived near the area stated that approximately 30 to 40 police vehicles, an ambulance and the fire department reported to the scene.
It was stated that the pedestrian died at a later time, though it was not clear when he was pronounced dead. The accused driver also had to be extricated from his vehicle by rescue crews before he was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The police stated that he was charged with DWI and that additional charges were also pending.
A fatal accident that involves a pedestrian can have a number of causes. In this particular case, it was alleged that the driver was operating his vehicle while intoxicated. Unfortunately, some pedestrians may not survive the accident as a direct result of their injuries. In these cases, family members may be able to file a wrongful death claim if they suffered financial damages that were directly associated with the accident. The family may seek compensation for medical bills, funeral costs and even lost income. This type of claim is considered to be a civil matter and can be filed against the driver even if the driver is facing criminal charges.
Source: WWAY, "UPDATE: Marine identified as pedestrian killed in weekend crash", Alyssa rosenberg, February 17, 2014