Tragically, a Missouri State University student was killed while he was walking on a sidewalk in Springfield, according to KSPR.com. Another student was recently charged in connection with his death.
A witness to the accident was standing at a bus stop near the scene of the accident reported seeing a “muscle car” run a red light at about 60 to 70 miles per hour. The car barely missed crashing into another vehicle because that vehicle managed to stop in the middle of the intersection. The car then went airborne after hitting some railroad tracks. Marks on the road indicate that after the car landed, it slid sideways through two utility poles, hitting them, and then struck the student. The car was a 2003 Nissan 350Z.
Police have recently charged a 24-year-old student from MSU with involuntary manslaughter in the case. Police are investigating whether the student was under the influence of drugs at the time of the Springfield pedestrian accident. The student who was struck by the car was pronounced dead at the scene. The man who was charged with involuntary manslaughter was seriously injured in the crash and appeared in court with a neck brace.
In tragic situations such as this, a driver may be responsible not only criminally for their reckless actions, but also civilly. The family of a victim in a car accident can choose to sue the accident-causing driver for wrongful death and may recover money for the victim’s funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of life.
Have you lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident that was the fault of a reckless driver? If so, call the Missouri pedestrian accident attorneys at Page Law, LLC. We help the families of accident victims receive the compensation they deserve. Call us today for a free consultation at 1-314-488-2433.