Shortly after midnight on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, a deadly hit and run accident occurred in Philadelphia’s Tacony neighborhood on Torresdale Avenue. While we aren’t completely certain what happened just yet, news reports appear to indicate that the driver and their passenger who fled the accident scene may have caused the crash.
The vehicle which was hit, a 1999 Toyota Corolla, had 3 occupants. The driver and front seat passenger were injured and transported to the hospital. Tragically, the passenger in the rear seat was ejected from the vehicle and died from their injuries.
Will the driver go to prison?
According to PA Code §75-3742, a driver who leaves the scene of a deadly accident and convicted of this felony is looking at years in prison. News reports indicate that there may be video of this accident. Additionally, the vehicle was left at the scene with license plates on it. It is very likely that this driver will be apprehended in the near future.
Why accident victims need an attorney
If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious accident in the Philadelphia area, contact us for a free consultation.
After any serious injury or death, those involved in an accident should speak to an experienced Philadelphia car accident lawyer as soon as possible. No matter how tragic or devastating an accident is, insurance companies are often going to attempt to pay out as little as possible. They will blame you for preexisting conditions, not wearing a seat belt or any other number of reasons in an effort to delay or deny your injury or wrongful death claim. If you’d like to know more about this, feel free to read about Attorney Edith Pearce‘s personal experience with auto insurance companies.
If you’ve been involved in an accident and the other driver is never located, drivers may be covered by their own uninsured motorist coverage as well. Below is a helpful video by Edith Pearce explaining some options people may have after a hit and run accident.