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Homicide charge filed against driver in fatal pedestrian accident

On Nov. 4, police in Massachusetts confirmed that a man received additional criminal charges for causing a hit-and-run accident that killed an elderly Boston woman last year. The fatal accident occurred on Dec. 19, 2013, while the 77-year-old woman was using a crosswalk at an intersection in East Arlington.

After she was struck at the intersection of Orvis Road and Massachusetts Avenue, the victim in the pedestrian accident was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment. She later succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Following the accident, the 68-year-old man who struck the victim was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian at a crosswalk and operating without a driver's license. An investigation into the details of the accident was ongoing by local and state police, and the man was eventually charged for motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation. His arraignment has been scheduled to take place on Dec. 19 at Cambridge District Court.

Family members of someone killed by a negligent driver might be entitled to file a civil claim against the driver to pursue monetary compensation. A successful claim may result in the driver's insurance provider reimbursing the family for funeral costs and end-of-life medical care expenses. While building a wrongful death claim, the process of gathering relevant evidence about the fatal accident may prove to be emotionally taxing for family members. Families in this situation might choose to hire an attorney to help them with the legal process of filing a claim against the driver responsible for their loved one's death.

Source: WCVB, "Man charged in 2013 hit-and-run that killed Arlington woman, 77", November 04, 2014

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