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Pedestrian crash involving rental car kills Pennsylvania man

Philadelphia police are searching for the driver of a rental vehicle who allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian on Allegheny Avenue on Sept. 12. The rental vehicle, an SUV, was abandoned several blocks from the pedestrian accident, according to police.

A police officer reportedly observed the vehicle traveling through red traffic lights at a high speed immediately prior to the pedestrian accident. According to police, the accident happened shortly before midnight. That is when the SUV, heading west on Allegheny Avenue, struck the pedestrian, a 62-year-old man, at the 25th Street intersection, where the SUV had just run a red light, allegedly. The impact of the collision propelled the 62-year-old pedestrian into the air, authorities said. The man ultimately died as a result of the incident.

Police allege that the driver of the SUV subsequently headed toward North Bambrey Street, where the SUV was then abandoned. The driver purportedly fled the area on foot.

As this case exemplifies, pedestrian accidents can be particularly violent and inflict devastating trauma on the pedestrians, who generally lack protection. In the event that the accident can be demonstrably linked to a negligent driver, there may be grounds for a civil lawsuit.

For example, following a fatal pedestrian accident, certain family members may retain an attorney and file a wrongful death suit against the at-fault driver. In this way, bereaved family members may seek restitution for economic damages they suffered in connection with losing their loved one in a sudden and wrongful manner. If successful, claimants in a wrongful death suit might be awarded financial compensation for funeral bills, burial costs, estate administration expenses and even lost earnings.

Source: NBC Philadelphia , "Rental Car Driver Flees After Deadly Philadelphia Hit-&-Run", Dan Stamm, September 14, 2014

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