Wrongful death claim can be filed in hit-and-run case

Georgia residents who own dogs know their pets need to be walked on a daily basis. Most set out at a convenient time of day to ensure the dog gets the exercise it needs, never thinking it may end in tragedy. A family lost someone they loved in a wrongful death accident when he was walking his dog. The woman believed responsible apparently left the scene but has been identified by police.

The 66-year-old man was in his own yard when a vehicle, suspected to be a silver Infiniti and going too fast for the weather conditions at the time, hit him and his dog. Both the man and the dog were killed instantly. Later in the day and less than a mile away, police found the vehicle they believed to be the used in the hit-and-run accident.

Police discovered the owner of the vehicle was in jail but used various means, including surveillance videos, to identify a suspect. They have not yet located her but are asking the public for assistance in their search. Once apprehended she will be facing numerous charges, including vehicular homicide, hit-and-run and cruelty to animals.

If convicted, the woman will most likely face the consequences of her actions with time in jail, significant fines and other consequences. The man's family may also file a wrongful death civil action against her, with any money awarded going toward expenses related to the funeral and burial and other monetary damages. Those in Georgia who have experienced similar losses can speak to an experienced personal injury attorney in order to pursue all available options for legal recourse. 

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