A 54-year-old woman has been officially charged in a fatal hit-and-run that took place in Chesterfield on February 11. According to the police report associated with this case, the accused woman was allegedly driving her minivan on Olive Blvd. at around 10pm when she reportedly struck a pedestrian – 41-year-old Roy Joseph – and then fled the scene of the accident. Joseph’s body was found at about 7am the following morning near the intersection of Olive Blvd. and River Valley Dr.
In the immediate aftermath of this fatal hit-and-run accident, law enforcement officials reached out to the public for help in identifying and locating the driver of the minivan. Within a week of the accident, police received tips that led them to arrest the accused driver, and she was officially arrested. Yesterday, she was formally charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death (a felony criminal charge), and her bond was set at $10,000.
A Wrongful Death Lawsuit May Follow
In cases like this one, the family of the deceased pedestrian – Roy Joseph – have recourse for obtaining justice in civil court by filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the allegedly at-fault driver. In fact:
- The police report and evidence gathered in the criminal case can be crucial to strengthening the family’s wrongful death lawsuit.
- A guilty verdict in the criminal case will also be extremely helpful in a civil case, as it can set the stage for irrefutable proof of liability.
- Pursing a wrongful death lawsuit in cases like these can help families obtain the compensation they need to put their loved one to rest and to deal with their grief.
It’s also important to point out that, if police were never able to locate the driver responsible for this fatal hit-and-run accident, the family of the deceased individual could also obtain compensation for their loved one through an insurance policy (as long as the deceased individual possessed uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage).
St. Louis Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law
If you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident – or if you have lost a loved one in one of these traffic accidents, contact the St. Louis hit-and-run accident lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law. We have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.
Since 1993, our lawyers have been successfully representing our clients in various areas of personal injury litigation, including hit-and-run accident lawsuits. Our unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice in every case we handle means that we will work relentlessly to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases.
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