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Woman Killed in Tulsa Construction Zone Hit-and-Run Crash

By Car Accident Help on April 10, 2014

A 33-year-old woman was killed in an Oklahoma car accident involving a hit-and-run driver. According to a KTUL news report, the fatal hit-and-run crash occurred on 61st Street between Memorial and Mingo in Tulsa. Officials say the woman was walking with a man in a construction zone when a black or dark gray mid 2000s Chevy truck struck them. Both victims were taken to Saint Francis Hospital, where the woman succumbed to her injuries. Later, a 23-year-old man believed to have caused the crash was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident.

Under Oklahoma law, all motorists are required to stop and remain at the site of a crash when someone has been injured or killed. They must exchange information, offer assistance, and notify the authorities. However, it is common for drivers to panic and to leave the scene of an accident for fear of facing traffic citations and civil litigation. In many cases, they will face much harsher penalties for leaving the scene than if they stayed and obeyed the law.

Victims of hit-and-run accidents often struggle to get the support they need because not all at-fault drivers are apprehended. It is necessary for the victim or the victim’s family to stay abreast of the ongoing investigation. If the hit-and-run driver is found, it may be possible to file a claim to hold him or her responsible for the injuries and losses suffered in the crash.

The victim can file a personal injury claim to receive support for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related damages. The family of someone killed by a hit-and-run driver can file a wrongful death claim to receive support for their losses. Victims or families of deceased victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Oklahoma personal injury lawyer who will help protect their rights and secure fair compensation for their losses.

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