Woman faces charges after car wreck

Whenever someone gets a flat tire and pulls off to the side of the road, they may have a cautious expectation of safety as they are on the shoulder. There are times when being off the road and safely pulled over on the shoulder may not be enough to protect people from the dangers of the road. A recent car wreck in Tennessee shows just how dangerous it can be to simply be on the shoulder of the road to change a flat tire.

A family was outside the vehicle attending to a flat tire in the afternoon. A 13-year-old boy was changing the tire as his sister and mother stood nearby. A vehicle operated by a 33-year-old woman came up struck the teenage boy and also hit his mother.

The 13-year-old boy died as a result of being hit while changing the tire, and his 47-year-old mother's injuries were not described. The 12-year-old sister was uninjured. The driver who hit them originally faced a charge of leaving the scene of an accident. She has now been charged by authorities with aggravated vehicular assault and vehicular homicide.

In addition to the criminal charges the woman faces related to the car wreck, the family of the young boy who died may elect to pursue civil action against her. They may seek a monetary judgment for damages sustained as a result of the tragedy, based upon evidence of driver negligence that caused or contributed to the fatality and injuries. Any damages recovered as the result of a properly presented claim before a Tennessee civil court could help the family deal with the financial losses that usually accompany tragic circumstances of this nature.

Source: tennessean.com, "Suspect in deadly hit-and-run charged with homicide", Adam Tamburin and Brian Wilson, April 11, 2014

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