Charges filed against woman who caused deadly pedestrian accident

One of the most difficult lessons in life is the realization that some of the most mundane and ordinary activities in life can end in tragedy. This past January, a beloved Minnesota grandmother made a decision that ended in her unexpected death after a fatal pedestrian accident. Though the crash occurred months ago, the woman driving the vehicle was only recently formally charged.

On that fateful afternoon, a couple had been using the gym facilities at their local community center. At one point, the 55-year-old woman decided to leave the center and walk home without her husband. As she was crossing a road near the intersection, she was struck by a passing motorist. That driver did not stop and failed to summon any medical attention for the victim.

The driver stated that, as she approached the intersection, she heard what sounded like a collision and believed she struck a deer. She purportedly drove on and pulled over after turning a corner. However, after claiming not to have observed anything out of place, she continued on to her home. She did not leave her vehicle and did not return to the scene.  Investigators later determined that due to the nature of the impact, the driver should have been aware that she struck a person.

Witnesses who observed the victim's body in the road summoned police, but, sadly, the grandmother was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver did present herself to Minnesota officials approximately 19 hours after the deadly pedestrian accident after seeing news reports of the incident. Formal charges of leaving the scene of a fatal crash and failure to notify police were recently filed. Though the family may take some solace in the driver being held criminally responsible, it does little to alleviate the emotional suffering and the monetary burdens. In these situations, family may choose to file a wrongful death civil suit in an effort to recoup their damages.

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