According to a recent news report from the Boston Globe, a 69-year-old woman from Plymouth, Massachusetts was killed while walking her son’s dog. The victim was said to have loved walking this dog and had lost almost 100 pounds from these walks, which were up to three miles per day.
Around 8 a.m. 39-year-old defendant allegedly hit and killed victim with his car. Defendant lives a few blocks from victim. The dog was also killed during this fatal accident. However, defendant is alleged to have fled the scene following this deadly crash.
Authorities claim he told them he thought he only hit a dog and not a person. He said he heard a “thud” but did not feel an impact. One witness says he just hit her and left her on the side of the road. It should be noted defendant pleaded not guilty and has not been convicted of any crime in connection with this fatal Massachusetts car accident at this time. Prosecutors have, however, charged defendant with motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation and leaving the scene of personal injury and property damage and have held him in jail pending trial, as he could not post bail, which a district court judge set at $25,000 cash. This is not unusual, as Massachusetts has created a bail system that has virtually done away with bail bonding agents.
Defendant’s attorneys have stated in court he heard the thud, thought he might have hit the dog, but could not see the victim because her body had been thrown over a large snow bank. They further said their client drove off in an attempt to follow the dog, which he believed to still be alive, but the dog ran off and seemed fine, so he went to work. They asserted that this was not the kind of situation where their client knowingly left a person to die. During the bail hearing, his attorneys also said the sun glare had affected his vision at the time of the tragic accident.
Community members and friends of the victim have scheduled a memorial at the scene of this fatal accident to help in her honor.
When victim was found on the scene of the accident, the two men who saw her body immediately called police. First responders arrived at the scene and determined she had serious facial injuries and extreme loss of blood. She was first taken by ambulance to a local Plymouth hospital and then airlifted to level one trauma center in a medical evacuation helicopter. Sadly, her son’s dog had managed to return home before it died. Police found its body on victim’s driveway.
Witnesses reported seeing a car with front end damage and called the police, who quickly determined was involved in the deadly car accident.
If a loved one has been the victim of a fatal car accident in the greater Boston area, you should speak with an experienced attorney before making any statements or accepting any money from at-fault driver’s insurance. Insurance companies will often take advantage of family’s emotional state in an attempt to settle the case quickly for pennies on the dollar. Make sure you have someone on your side fighting for your family’s right to a full and appropriate financial compensation.
If you are injured in an accident in Massachusetts, call the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman for a free and confidential appointment: 1-888-367-2900.
Driver faces hit-and-run charges in Plymouth woman’s death., March 13, 2015, Boston Globe
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