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The South Carolina Highway Patrol reported last June that a driver discovered he was having a mechanical problem and his vehicle was unable to stop while driving on Highway 29. A witness saw the driver jump from his vehicle. While the driver lay on the highway, he became the victim of a hit-and-run car accident.

Emergency personnel were able to get the man to an area hospital. Unfortunately, the best efforts of the medical personnel at the hospital were not enough to save the man’s life. He died approximately two hours after jumping from his vehicle.

Later that same day, a man contacted the South Carolina Highway Patrol and told them that he may be the one that ran over the man. At a hearing to set his bond last June, the man said he was not aware of what he had hit, and he did leave the scene. Authorities say the man was driving even though his license was suspended, and he has been charged with not having a valid license and also in connection with leaving the scene of a fatal accident. His trial has now begun.

His criminal trial may not be the end of his legal issues in connection with this car accident. The family of the victim may exercise their right to file a wrongful death claim against him in order to recover the costs and damages sustained after his untimely death. It won’t bring him back, but it may give the family some peace and justice on behalf of their loved one.

Source:, “Hit and run trial to start Tuesday,” April 22, 2013


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