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Suspected hit-and-run driver strikes woman with disability


Many victims suffer when a car strikes a pedestrian. A particularly appalling pedestrian accident occurred in Hamden, Connecticut on July 11 when a woman with a disability suffered serious injuries in an alleged hit-and-run accident.

Hampden Police said that a motorist driving a Nissan struck this victim as she was crossing State Street on her daily walk. Residents believe the vehicle may be red.

The suspect did get out of his car and check on the victim. He left after she said that she was alright. However, her brother said that the victim has special needs, was very upset and scared that she did something wrong. He claims that it was obvious that the driver did not act correctly.

The victim suffered a cracked vertebra, required 50 stitches in her thigh and is currently resting at her home. However, her brother is concerned that she may not be able to get through this incident and continue to engage in her daily walk among other activities.

The driver remains at large. Police are reviewing surveillance video from a nearby food store that the victim frequented for leads and information.

Vehicles, particularly those driven by a reckless or negligent driver are a threat to pedestrians. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration found, on average for 2012, that a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every seven minutes in accidents in this country.

In Connecticut, according to the NHTSA, there were 36 fatalities in pedestrian accidents in 2012 which constituted 15 percent of traffic deaths in the state for that year. Victims of these accidents and their families should obtain guidance on obtaining damages and determining liability for these collisions.

Source: NBC Connecticut, "Disabled woman struck in Hamden hit-and-run," Josh Chapin, July 16, 2014

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