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Could woman have survived if hit-and-run driver didn't flee?

It seems like all too often in the world today that people are unwilling to take responsibility for their actions, even when they could have done something to prevent the outcome from being more tragic. This is the case for hit-and-run drivers, who are too selfish to stop and render aid or call for help after they hit a pedestrian or another car. Those drivers could be held liable in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Fortunately, one man was recently caught after he hit a woman who was trying to cross the Selinsky Road in Houston. According to court documents, the 32-year-old woman was crossing the street at approximately 1:30 a.m. when the 35-year-old man's Dodge Magnum ran her over. The woman later died at a local hospital.

  - Article By Richard Weaver

According to a witness, the man left his car at the scene and attempted to flee on foot. Leaving his car behind made it easy for police to track him down and arrest him.

The witness also allegedly saw the man asleep behind the wheel in his car before the accident. After waking him and offering him a ride home, the witness said the man refused and took off in his car, when the accident happened. The witness had to call 911 for the victim.

The man is now being charged with running from the scene, and it's likely that more serious charges will soon follow.

If the man had stopped and tried to help, perhaps the victim would still be alive. The man would have still likely faced charges, but they would have been less serious charges, and he wouldn't be responsible for someone else's death.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "Driver accused of running after woman hit by truck," Oct. 4, 2012

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