A fatal accident in Green Bay has taken the life of one man and resulted in criminal charges for another alleged to be responsible for his death. The 52-year-old victim lost his life in a tragic hit-and-run accident in July. Authorities believe the car accident occurred when the driver attempted to get his girlfriend to hug him while he was driving the car. However, it's also reported the driver is almost blind and unable to get a valid driver's license.
Witnesses to the crash state that after the collision, the man slowed his vehicle and then swerved around the man's body as he lay in the road. The man and his girlfriend then fled the scene of the crash without stopping to assess the man's condition or render aid. After the incident, the driver's family allegedly helped him leave the country to avoid prosecution in the matter. However, he later returned to the United States and when authorities tracked him down, he attempted to elude them by hiding in the closet of a family friend.
He was arrested and taken to a local jail where he is being held on a $100,000 cash bond. The man's older brother was also charged for obstructing justice in the case. He apparently helped the man flee the country and then also attempted to fix the damage to the car after the accident. Both are scheduled to appear in court over the accident.
Green Bay drivers are responsible for adhering to all traffic rules and regulations. Failure to do so can lead to serious injury or even death. Just taking your eyes off of the road for a few seconds can ultimately lead to a fatal car accident. In this case, the victim's family retains the right to pursue civil litigation against the driver who is alleged to have killed their loved one. If it is proven that the nearly blind driver's negligence was responsible for their loved one's death, the family could seek monetary compensation against the driver to recover any medical costs that resulted from the accident, as well as costs associated with his final arrangements, among other damages.
Source: Greenbaypressgazette.com, "Two face charges in Green Bay fatal hit-and-run," Paul Srubas, Aug. 30, 2012