Police have arrested a man who now stands accused of leaving the scene of a fatal pedestrian accident in the Kansas City area. The man whom he hit was crossing the street in a wheelchair and later died from his injuries.
An initial investigation revealed that the man in the wheelchair may have attempted to cross the street, at an intersection with a crosswalk, after his light had turned red. On the other hand, the man who left the scene of the accident was allegedly engaged in "texting" at the time of the accident and thus may have not been paying attention to the road.
In addition to leaving the scene, the man engaged in other suspicious behavior. For instance, a person who was in the car with him, who is also the mother of his child, indicated that she had been driving the vehicle at the time of the auto accident. It was not until later that police discovered the truth and later confirmed it by interviewing the man's daughter, who was also in the car at the time of the accident.
It is important to note that the man is facing criminal charges only for leaving the scene of the accident. Therefore, it is likely that the criminal proceeding will not result in compensation to the victim's family.
The family of the victim of this terrible tragedy may want to consider evaluating their own legal options for obtaining compensation for their losses. After all, even if it is true that the man in the wheelchair crossed the street without the right-of-way, a driver still has to be careful when driving around pedestrians.