44-year-old woman slain in out-of-control driver deadly car crash
Driver in that case charged with misdemeanor careless and imprudent driving
Just 8 months later, slain woman’s 21-year-old son dies in bicycle accident
A detail that makes this case even more heartbreaking is that the man’s 44-year-old mother died only eight months earlier after an out-of-control driver hit her while she was walking along the side of the road in Columbia, Missouri. According to reports, her 21-year-old son had recently obtained a new job as a janitor for a nonprofit organization that provides training and other forms of assistance to low-income individuals. He had apparently gone through a short stay in jail a few years ago for misdemeanor assault. In the time since, he had apparently moved his life in a new direction after meeting his girlfriend in a drop-in shelter, moving in with his aunt, and getting the new job he was so excited about.
In his mother’s fatal car crash, a 17-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle she was driving and swerved off the road. She struck the 44-year-old woman and the man with whom she was walking along the shoulder of the road. The man fortunately survived the collision. Police later charged the driver with misdemeanor careless and imprudent driving.
It seems especially tragic for this family to have to endure the loss of two such young individuals in an extremely brief period of time. Grieving family members can also be hit hard by unexpected medical and funeral expenses in an already difficult time. Missouri and Illinois laws do provide victims and surviving relatives the opportunity to seek restitution in a civil court of law. Although filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit won’t return a lost loved one’s life, it can help provide a measure of financial comfort as a family tries to move forward.
Our St. Louis personal injury law firm is experienced in representing those whose lives have been impacted by a fatal car crash or bicycle accident. We can be reached, free of charge, at 1-888-586-7041 to arrange a free initial meeting. The chances are good that we can help you learn more about your rights under the law and help you decide whether you want to pursue civil claims in order to obtain financial restitution. No family should have to struggle financially while they are grieving emotionally, and we want to help.
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