A commercial truck hit and killed a Middle Tennessee State University student on a recent Friday morning. The 28-year-old man was in his wheelchair trying to cross the street at the time of the tragic accident. The dump truck that caused the incident was attempting to make a right turn when it collided with the student.
Although the injured man was taken by EMS to Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital for treatment, he later succumbed to his injuries. He will no doubt be sorely missed by his friends, family and the University staff who knew him. One university faculty member said that they were numb, heartbroken and devastated. Further statements were made that described the victim as unforgettable, a man with contagious optimism and enthusiasm.
According to another professor, the victim had suffered from a great deal of personal loss in recent years, but he was still a force of optimism. Not only had he been paralyzed by a car accident, but by the age of just 28, he had also lost both his parents. Nevertheless, he had returned to school to finish his degree. All those who spoke of the young man were inspired by his incredible attitude and perseverance in spite of the difficulty he had experienced.
It is a disheartening tragedy to lose a member of the community who was loved as dearly as this Tennessee man was. Family members left behind must now learn to suffer without his presence in their lives. Surviving family members may ultimately decide to pursue a wrongful death claim against the dump truck driver and/or the truck company, which may be deemed responsible for the accident. Restitution obtained through successfully navigated claims could assist family members in gaining some level of solace and closure in the incident. It could also help them pay for the man's end of life expenses and other financial damages recognized by Tennessee laws.
Source: greenvilleonline.com, MTSU student killed in dump truck wreck identified, Christopher Merchant, June 24, 2014