Despite the fact that the coroner has yet to make a positive identification of a male victim killed in a hit-and run accident, people in the community believe they know who he was. Students from a South Carolina high school have already put a makeshift memorial at the site where the unidentified victim was struck by at least one vehicle. While formal identification of the victim is awaited, police have begun the search for what may be the first vehicle that struck the individual in this tragic auto accident.
It was shortly after 5 a.m. when the victim was struck. From evidence gathered at the scene, the South Carolina Highway Patrol is searching for a Lexus LS-400 sedan manufactured in the latter half of the 1990s, which is believed to be black and silver. Unfortunately, evidence suggests that the victim may have been run over multiple times before someone contacted police.
Since he had no identification on him at the time of the accident and his fingerprints are not in any database, it was necessary to conduct DNA testing to confirm the identity of the victim. Until those results come back, a family is forced to wait and wonder. However, that is not the only thing for which a family — and a community — is waiting. One person made a plea through the media for the responsible party to come forward.
Not knowing who is responsible for the death of a loved one can be heart wrenching. Locating the party or parties deemed responsible might provide the family of this auto accident victim some closure. Moreover, it could provide them with a person or persons against whom to file a wrongful death claim. Proving negligence could lead a court to hold the individual or individuals financially liable for the victim’s death.
Source: wyff4.com, “Students: Vigil held for classmate killed in hit-and-run“, Carla Field, Oct. 15, 2014
Steven Krause is a personal injury, auto accident, and workers’ compensation lawyer who practices in Anderson, SC. He graduated form the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and has been practicing law for 40 years now. Steven Krause believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience here.