All too often, lives are taken when motor vehicle operators don't take proper care to ensure the safety of themselves, their passengers and those with whom they share the road. Apparently, this happened again on Feb.16 when a seemingly negligent driver struck and killed a bicyclist on Nine Mile Point Road in Jefferson Parish. The driver, a 20-year-old Louisiana man, has been charged with hit and run causing death or serious injury and negligent homicide.
The victim, a 65-year-old man, was found by authorities around 7 a.m. They speculate that the man was riding the bicycle at the time he was hit. Debris found at the scene led authorities to believe that a silver Honda van had been involved in the event. They found that a vehicle matching the description was registered in the area near the incident, visited the driver's home and spoke with the mother of the man who was subsequently accused.
On the following day, the driver reported to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office and was arrested. He apparently told authorities that he thought he had hit another vehicle, not the man. He stated that the reason he did not report the incident was because he only has liability insurance. The van has been recovered, and the accused man was being held on a $225,000 bond.
The emotional suffering endured by the surviving family members due to the sudden loss of a loved one can never be undone. The stress and anguish are often worsened when there are financial losses, such as funeral expenses and loss of income, that must be dealt with at the same time. A caring Louisiana attorney can help deal with these monetary issues. By building a strong case for a wrongful death claim, a lawyer can help the family to pursue recovery of financial losses resulting from the actions of a negligent driver.
Source: nola.com, "Driver in fatal Bridge City hit-and-run said he didn't realize he hit person: JPSO", Wilborn P. Nobles III, Feb. 20, 2017