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Family of man killed in hit and run may file wrongful death claim

A South Carolina woman was recently arrested for her alleged role in a hit-and-run crash that killed a man. According to reports, this incident occurred in the early morning hours of Aug. 20, in Dillon. The surviving family members of the deceased may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim in an effort to seek compensation for their losses.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports that a 35-year-old woman was behind the wheel of a pickup truck that struck and killed a pedestrian earlier this month. The victim -- a 56-year-old male -- was reportedly crossing Highway 9 when he was hit by the vehicle. Sadly, he died at the scene of the crash.

The individual believed responsible for this incident is said to have fled the scene, but she was located a short time later. She has since been arrested and booked into the Dillon County jail. She is facing multiple charges including felony DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. It is unclear if any court dates have been scheduled regarding this matter.

When a loved one is killed in an accident, it can be difficult for surviving family members to move forward. In this particular case, the victim's family may be able to seek justice through the pending criminal proceedings and compensation for their losses in civil court. By filing a wrongful death claim, monetary relief for any damages that are deemed recoverable in accordance with the law of South Carolina may be sought, such as funeral expenses, lost wages and benefits and loss of consortium -- among various others.

Source: wbtw.com, "Driver charged with DUI after deadly hit-and-run in Dillon County", Luke Lalonde, Aug. 20, 2016

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