Pedestrian versus car wreck in Tennessee turns deadly

Whenever people need to walk along a Tennessee roadway, there may be certain risks involved, depending on what kind of road they are walking along. If pedestrians need to walk along major roadways with exit and entrance ramps, there may be more of a risk involved. If they are attempting to walk along those ramps at night, the danger is greater. However, despite the risks, every driver should be keenly aware of any pedestrians around them so as to avoid the possibility of a car wreck.

A recent crash highlighted the risks of walking at night, as a pedestrian was hit at 11 p.m. The pedestrian was walking on an entrance ramp to a south Nashville highway when he was struck by a car. The man was attended to and was listed as being in critical condition at first. However, he later died.

The driver of the car that hit and killed the pedestrian was a 40-year-old man. He was charged with vehicular manslaughter and intoxication. The man was held at a county jail, under a bond set at $150,000. It is unclear exactly why they initially believed he was intoxicated or what kind of sobriety test was administered before he was arrested.

In Tennessee, the criminal charges the man faces due to the car wreck could result in serious consequences, such as jail time, fines and/or the loss of his driver's license. Apart from the involvement of the criminal justice system, the family of the victim who died may have the option of pursuing monetary damages in a civil court. A properly navigated wrongful death claim could lead to the entry of a judgment for monetary damages that could help the family deal with any financial losses related to the fatal accident.

Source: fox17.com, "Pedestrian Killed in S. Nashville, Driver Charged", April 17, 2014

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