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Hit-and-run accident may result in a wrongful death claim

The family members of an Oklahoma man are trying to find answers to their many questions, while Oklahoma authorities are searching for the hit-and-run driver who killed their loved one. Although the accident may not be seen as a homicide yet, the driver of the vehicle may have to face other criminal charges. Leaving an accident scene involving injury or death is considered a felony in Oklahoma. Apart from the possible criminal charges, the family may choose to file a wrongful death claim.

The accident happened on a recent Thursday evening in mid-December. It is reported that the deceased was walking home from a nearby store. He was less than a block away from his house when he was hit and killed by a driver in a light-colored pickup truck.

The deceased's wife and five children are devastated by the thought that the person who hit their loved one did not even bother to get out of his or her vehicle to see if he or she could help. They find the incident hard to understand. According to the oldest son, the family hopes that the hit-and-run driver is apprehended before another person is killed.

Regardless of whether any criminal charges are filed, the Oklahoma family may choose to file a wrongful death claim against the hit-and-run driver when police apprehend him or her. A wrongful death claim may result in financial damages being awarded upon proper proof of negligence. Should the claim be successful, the victim's family members may find that any money awarded could provide them with some relief as they struggle through an understandably difficult time

Source: kfor.com, "OKC man killed by hit and run driver, family seeks answers", Jesse Wells, Dec.19, 2014

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