A pedestrian struck during an alleged hit-and-run accident died in a Melbourne hospital on Nov. 5. The Brevard County accident occurred the day before at about 7 p.m.
Purportedly, the pedestrian, a 22-year-old man, was walking near the Cocoa intersection of School Street and Dora Avenue when a white Ford Mustang struck him, propelling him into the air. Reportedly, the Mustang swerved following the accident but continued traveling away from the accident scene. A helicopter crew took the 22-year-old man to Holmes Regional Medical Center, where he eventually died.
According to authorities, police found a white Mustang with body damage abandoned several blocks from the scene of the crash, but it was not immediately clear whether that vehicle had been involved in the pedestrian accident. Florida Highway Patrol investigators located the car's owner, a 22-year-old man, on Nov. 5. Investigators named the man 'a person of interest" and said that charges are pending the completion of their investigation. Part of that investigation is reportedly focused on pulling DNA evidence from the car's deployed airbags.
Many families find that dealing with the expenses associated with the sudden death of a loved one exacerbates their bereavement and emotional anguish. Funeral costs, end-of-life medical bills and estate administration expenses related to the decedent may put a victim's family in debt. However, such families have the right to speak to an attorney, who may discuss their eligibility to file a wrongful death claim in connection with the deadly event.
Moreover, the attorney may guide victims' families through the process of filing the wrongful death suit and presenting it before a civil court. Prevailing in such a lawsuit may prove to be critical, for the suit may seek damages covering the economic losses the family suffered following the accident.
Source: WESH, "FHP: Cocoa man killed in hit-and-run crash", November 05, 2014