The majority of residents and visitors to large metropolitan areas, such as Minneapolis, likely do not view walking as a life-changing decision. Unfortunately, for several families, an innocent walk has turned into a devastating event that has left victims and survivors with shattered lives. Over a three-day span, four victims have been killed in pedestrian accidents, and one woman has suffered extensive injuries.
According to officials, the first fatal incident occurred on a recent Thursday evening, as two residents in their 40s were taking a stroll. They were struck by a 72-year-old man driving a pick up. While that driver did remain on the scene and is cooperating with police, at least one of the victims was struck by a second vehicle that fled the scene. That second driver was later identified and arrested a few days later as he was leaving a local establishment.
The second accident occurred when two young women attempted to cross a major thoroughfare. Both women were struck by a driver who remained on the scene. One of the victims, a 19-year-old woman, died at the scene. The second woman was transported for emergency surgery to repair numerous fractures and internal bleeding. Lastly, a 55-year-old woman was struck and killed by a 30-year-old driver who initially fled the scene of the collision but later surrendered to police.
At least one of the pedestrian accidents was attributed to poor lighting conditions and heavy traffic pattern with limited crosswalks. Minneapolis officials are working to educate both motorists and pedestrians about the need for increased vigilance in an effort to reduce the risks of anyone being injured in these types of tragic accidents. Those who have suffered serious injuries -- or have lost loved ones -- may have a basis for pursuing recovery of monetary damages via a civil lawsuit against the parties who can be deemed liable.