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Tragic pedestrian accident kills Tennessee soldier

Most Tennessee residents do their best to follow traffic laws, obey traffic signs and watch out for fellow drivers and pedestrians on the road. However, no matter how careful one is, there will always be drivers who disregard the law and the safety of those around them. When a Tennessee resident is killed in an accident caused by the negligence of another party, surviving family members will have the right to seek justice by way of a wrongful death claim in a civil court.

Recently, a fatal accident occurred in Middle Tennessee when a hit-and-run driver struck and killed a pedestrian. The victim in the incident was a 21-year-old Private First Class in the Army. The suspected hit-and-run drunk driver who ran over the man is a 26-year-old Captain in the Army. Police reports indicate that both men had been drinking at the same bar earlier that evening.

Authorities estimate that the incident occurred at around 2:30 a.m. on a Saturday in mid-December. The body of the victim was not discovered until later that morning, at approximately 5:11 a.m. So far, the Captain who has been accused of hitting the man admitted to drinking and driving home that evening. Reportedly, he believed he struck an animal and not a person.

Family members of this young soldier may be eligible to receive compensation for the loss of their loved one with respect to the fatal accident. Police have already charged the alleged hit-and-run driver with DUI, vehicular homicide, driving with a suspended license and other charges. If the driver is found or pleads guilty to these crimes, it will likely serve to strengthen any wrongful death lawsuit that is brought against him by those related to the victim.

Source: wbir.com, East TN soldier victim of hit and run by fellow soldier, No author, Dec. 16, 2013

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