When a pedestrian steps out into a street, the risk of being hit by a vehicle obviously increases. However, not every person involved in an accident was part of the initial impact. Rarely do two vehicles collide and come to rest in the same space. Some people suffer injuries without even having been involved in the original accident itself, due to flying vehicle parts or a vehicle that is still moving after impact.
This was the case with a Colorado man who was struck by an out-of-control vehicle as he was crossing a street. The driver of the vehicle that hit him apparently ran a red light and slammed into another vehicle. The force of the impact sent the vehicle careening toward the man, who was within a marked crosswalk. Since he was a pedestrian, his body took the full brunt of the impact.
The 55-year-old man, a resident of Aurora, did not survive the injuries he suffered in the crash. The driver of the vehicle that ran him down was not injured. The driver of the other vehicle involved in the initial crash was not injured either. Authorities anticipate that charges against the driver that ran the red light and hit the pedestrian are forthcoming. What those charges will be is unknown at this time.
Criminal charges are not the only court proceedings the driver may face. Under Colorado law, the family of the victim may commence a wrongful death claim against the driver in connection with the fatal injuries suffered by their loved one. The restitution they could receive as the result of a successfully navigated civil claim will never make up for their personal loss, but any financial damages awarded may help with the expenses and other damages incurred since the accident.
Source: CBS Denver, Victim Of Auto-Pedestrian Crash In Aurora Dies From Injuries, No author, Jan. 8, 2014