A brother and sister recently lost a sibling to an accident. A 71-year-old nun from the east coast moved to South Carolina just about two months ago. As she was standing on the corner outside a CVS Pharmacy in her new city on Dec. 30 at about 7 p.m., she became the victim of a car accident.
When emergency responders arrived at the scene, the victim was still alive. They transported her to an area hospital for treatment of her injuries. Despite the efforts of hospital staff, the woman’s injuries were too severe and she died.
Police charged the 25-year-old driver of the vehicle that struck the nun as an habitual offender due to his extensive criminal history and for driving while his license is suspended. More charges could be filed as the investigation continues. No further details regarding the crash were initially available. South Carolina authorities have not indicated what factors caused the driver’s vehicle to strike the victim. Depending on the outcome of the official investigation, the driver could be charged with the death of the nun, who spent 25 years in New York before moving to North Charleston.
As the criminal case moves forward, the woman’s surviving family members retain the right to file a wrongful death claim in connection with the fatal car accident. If they convince a civil court that the driver was negligent and that negligence caused their loved one’s death, they may be awarded the damages sustained as a result of the victim’s death. Those damages typically include restitution for monetary damages such as funeral and burial expenses as well as pain and suffering.
Source: live5news.com, Man charged in Nun’s death has criminal history, Alex Kreitman, Dec. 30, 2013
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.