According to authorities, charges have been filed against two individuals involved in a hit-and-run crash that killed a grandfather, who was 71-years old, and injured his grandson, who is 13 years old. The two victims were in a red sedan in Philadelphia's East Mt. Airy section when a green SUV struck the left side of their vehicle. The accident occurred at East Gorgas Lane and Ardleigh Street on Friday, Sep. 26 at around 8:30 p.m.
The 21-year-old driver, who reportedly suffered injury in the accident, and his 27-year-old passenger fled the scene on foot. Shortly after the accident, the driver was found on the 6800 block of Sprague Street, and the passenger was apprehended on the 300 block of Gorgas Lane.
The accident occurred as the two victims were traveling home after the grandfather picked the boy up from football practice. Investigators believe that alcohol or drugs may have been involved in the incident; however, the investigation is ongoing.
In a similar case, the family of the deceased victim may work with a personal injury lawyer who might be able to help them receive monetary compensation for the damages related to the victim's death, such as funeral expenses and lost financial support. A plaintiff in a wrongful death case may have to demonstrate that the other party was negligent, and the amount of compensation awarded depends on an evaluation of the damages suffered by the plaintiff.
After reviewing the evidence of the case, a personal injury lawyer might attempt to negotiate the amount of compensation to be awarded outside of court. If this is unsuccessful, he or she may take the case to court. This may lead to a more substantial award in some cases.
Source: WPVI, "Charges pending in crash that killed grandfather, injured grandson", September 27, 2014