A grandmother walking her young grandson home from church was killed nearly four years ago when she was struck by a hit-and-run driver. Now, her family has reached a settlement in their wrongful death lawsuit against the driver. They will receive $300,000 from his insurance company.
According to SILive.com, the 56-year-old New Yorker was fatally struck by a sport utility vehicle driven by a 44-year-old man who did not stop after impact. Driver was reportedly traveling at speeds “well in excess” of the posted 45 mph speed limit along that road. The grandmother reportedly pushed her 8-year-old grandson out of the way just a split second before the SUV, careening toward them, made impact. The boy suffered several fractures, but survived. His injuries have largely healed, but his family says the emotional trauma of watching his grandmother die in so violent a way right before his eyes will likely never leave him.
The crash occurred around 9:50 p.m., and the driver, who said he was “in shock,” surrendered to police about 2.5 hours after the crash. However, he did not submit to a blood-alcohol test at that time, and officers had no probable cause to seek a warrant for it at that point because he showed no obvious signs of impairment. Although the judge in his criminal case noted there was no evidence presented that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash, plaintiffs in the civil lawsuit alleged defendant had been drinking at a baseball game that afternoon, just a few hours before the incident. They also alleged he drank more at a bar shortly before the crash. Continue reading