State police continue searching for a hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a 12-year-old pedestrian in Greensboro, North Carolina (NC), on the night of February 16, 2017. The deadly collision happened a little after 11 pm on Ward Road, a few blocks south of the intersection with East Market Street/Burlington Road.
The middle schooler who lost his life was returning home from a trip to a nearby convenience store when he was hit. A group of other children walking with him escaped injury, but the boy who was struck died after being taken to the hospital.
North Carolina Highway Patrol investigators discovered a detached passenger side mirror at the scene of the crash, which led them to identify the fleeing vehicle as a dark blue 2003-2005 BMW 7 Series sedan. They are asking anyone who may know the location of the vehicle or its owner to contact them confidentially by calling (336) 334-5500.
State law requires any driver who gets involved in a traffic accident or thinks he or she may have struck something or someone to stop. When a wreck has occurred, the driver must remain at the scene until police arrive and complete their initial investigation. North Carolina’s hit-and-run statutes also place an obligation on at-fault driver to check on the health of victims and, at a minimum, call emergency medical personnel. The only exception to the requirement to render or call for aid exists when a driver involved in a wreck is also injured. Should leaving the scene be necessary to arrange for help, a driver must return to the location of the crash.
The place on Ward Road where the at-fault driver hit the 12-year-old pedestrian is lined by houses but does not have sidewalks, streetlamps or wide shoulders. Drivers must be watchful for pedestrians very close to travel lanes at all times. The person who struck the tween compounded any negligence that resulted in the initial crash by fleeing the scene. Tracking down the person will allow police to hold the driver criminally responsible. It will also make it easier for the family of the middle schooler to file and collect on wrongful death insurance claims.
Even if the at-fault driver cannot be named, the family may have coverage under uninsured motorist provisions of a parent or guardian’s own automobile insurance policy. Invoking what Carolina wrongful death attorneys call UIM coverage can be as difficult as pursuing a claim against someone else’s policy, however. Enlisting the assistance of a plaintiff’s lawyer could help clear obstacles.