Accidents are always tragic, but when one of the victims is a pedestrian the outcome is almost always even more devastating. If a baby is involved, even an unborn one, the incident becomes even more heartbreaking for the public. Unfortunately, a car accident in Massachusetts recently killed a pregnant pedestrian.
In July, a pregnant woman was killed after she was supposedly struck by a car. When first responders arrived, the woman was lying on the ground with life-threatening injuries. Emergency medical treatment was given until a helicopter arrived and transported her to a local hospital. Unfortunately, she passed away as a result of her injuries.
The driver, a 46-year-old woman, was arrested at the scene. Numerous charges are expected to be brought against the driver, including motor vehicle homicide. Area police officers, the local district attorney’s office and state police have already finished the initial investigation and recreated the scene, but further investigation of the accident is still underway. Charges will likely be finalized once the investigation is complete.
Regardless of the outcome of the criminal charges, the family of the pregnant victim has the option of seeking monetary compensation for the loss of life in a Massachusetts civil court, which has a lower burden of proof than a criminal court. If the family of the deceased woman can prove the car accident was caused by the driver’s negligence, it could order the family be provided with compensation to relieve the financial burden, including medical bills, funeral expenses and loss of income, created by the woman’s death. Though no amount of money will ever make up for the life that was lost, it could allow the family to focus on coming to terms with the tragedy.
Source: Wicked Local Stoughton, “Driver arrested after pregnant woman killed in Stoughton pedestrian accident,” July 22, 2013