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Louisiana driver charged in wrongful death of pedestrian

When unexpected or premature death is caused by the negligence of others, it may constitute what the law refers to as a wrongful death. If for example, a vehicle driver is reckless or is indifferent to traffic laws and causes an accident that results in the death of another person, that tragic result could be considered a wrongful death. A Louisiana woman was recently involved in a hit-and-run accident that caused a pedestrian his life.

A female resident of West Monroe is said to have struck and killed the man on the evening of Feb. 5 and then fled the scene. Authorities say that on the following afternoon the woman visited the police department and admitted she drove the vehicle that struck the victim. Charges for negligent homicide and felony hit and run have been filed against her.

The victim was struck by a white vehicle that then left the scene, according to an eyewitness. Debris from a Jaguar said to be between model years 2004 and 2008 was located at the scene by the police. The witness was able to describe the car and one matching its description with significant damage was later located. Officials were able to determine that the accused was the usual operator of the car, a 2006 Jaguar. At the police station the next day, the woman told police that she did not know what she had hit and that she did not stop to find out or to provide aid. 

The family of the victim in this accident may be entitled to damages if negligence on part of the driver is determined to have caused his death. In Louisiana, the direct family members of the victim of wrongful death are typically able to seek financial restitution for damages incurred. Nothing can make up for the loss of a loved one, but an attorney dedicated to helping those who are forced to deal with such unfortunate events can help them pursue fair compensation for such things as lost income and support, medical expenses and funeral costs.

Source:, "Update: Driver in fatal WM hit and run ID'd", Ashley Mott, Feb. 6, 2017

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