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Texas Hit-And-Run Accident Kills 1 Woman

Posted By Stephen Stewart || 2-Mar-2015

A hit-and-run car accident in Texas left one woman dead on Feb. 22. Police initiated a search for a driver who fled the scene of the fatal car crash after their Chevrolet Tahoe struck another vehicle.

The accident occurred at about 8:45 p.m. at the intersection of Bell Drive and Uhr Lane in San Antonio. The Chevrolet Tahoe was reportedly speeding toward the intersection when the driver ran the stop sign and collided with a Honda Accord driven by a 33-year-old woman. The Tahoe continued moving forward, pushing the Accord about 150 feet away from the crash site, striking two other cars in the process. After the cars came to a stop, the Tahoe's driver got out of the SUV and fled on foot. Firefighters had to extricate the 33-year-old woman from her car, cutting it open to free her. Paramedics began transporting her to a hospital for treatment, but she died in the ambulance on the way.

Residents who live near where the accident took place say that many drivers speed through the intersection, often causing accidents. One woman estimated that she witnessed at least 30 accidents there in 24 years.

People who operate their vehicles at excessive speeds, particularly in residential areas, endanger everyone around them. Police are often able to locate hit-and-run drivers who abandon their vehicles at or near the locations of fatal accidents and typically file criminal charges against them. However, the families of deceased hit-and-run accidents are not awarded damages for their loved ones' deaths as a result of a criminal conviction. Immediate family members of deceased car accident victims may be advised to file wrongful death suits in civil court in order to collect compensation.

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