The death of a close family member is hard for anyone to overcome. But when a hit-and-run crash is involved, those emotions seem to remain raw for a much longer time.
The family of a San Jose, California, woman who was run over by an SUV after an argument with her date is still struggling with her death, in part because she left two young sons behind. Considering the nature of her death and the need for someone to support her children, the family may consider filing a civil wrongful death lawsuit against the man accused of killing her.
It was late March when the 28-year-old mother met a man for a date in nearby Sunnyvale. After arranging to meet the man at a liquor store, a friend dropped her off there, according to police. While on the date, she and the 25-year-old man she was with got into an argument. According to a witness, the woman was pushed out of the SUV the two were riding and fell onto the road. The witness said he saw the driver put the vehicle in reverse, causing him to crash into a group of garbage and recycling bins on the road before he accelerated forward again and drove over the woman before taking off. She was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Sunnyvale police said the man fled to Dubai and then to India. Working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, police eventually got the man to return to the United States, after which he was taken into custody and booked at the Santa Clara County Jail. He currently faces charges of vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run.
The woman who died had two young sons, one less than a year old. Who will raise them now is unclear, but a successful wrongful death lawsuit can help ease the financial pain of losing someone with dependents by providing compensation for lost income, as well as medical, funeral and burial costs. A wrongful death award can't bring the mother of two back, but might help the family adjust to living without her.
Source: Mercury News, "Sunnyvale: Family of woman run over and killed grieving second loss in three years," Mark Gomez, June 1, 2012
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