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Radiator leak leads police to hit-and-run vehicle after crash

Officials reported that a Tennessee woman is dead after a crash in Nashville around 11 p.m. June 2. The pedestrian was hit by a pickup truck that failed to stop at the scene after the fatal accident, which happened when the 51-year-old woman tried to cross Clarksville Pike in the Bordeaux neighborhood in Nashville near the road's intersection with Buena Vista Pike.

According to reports, the nearest crosswalk was around 200 feet away from the collision site. Reports indicate the impact killed the woman, who reportedly lived close by on Hydes Ferry Road, instantly.

Authorities said that the driver then fled the area. However, fluid from a radiator rupture resulting from the collision left a trail behind, and police tracked it to a visibly damaged Chevy truck with one of the victim's shoes under it parked at a residence in the 2800 block of Hydes Ferry Road. The truck has been impounded, and the owner, a 76-year-old man, claims he had no idea what happened and insists that someone may have stolen and then returned the vehicle. Police have not yet filed charges in the hit-and-run as of June 3.

Car accidents may be particularly devastating when pedestrians are involved since they do not have the structural protection that passenger vehicle operators and passengers have. Obeying traffic laws and avoiding distractions and impairment reduce the risk of such accidents occurring. Leaving the scene of an accident, particularly one involving serious injury or fatality, compounds the driver's negligence and violates the letter of the law. To an attorney, this behavior could well support an abandonment of care and duty.

The family of a pedestrian killed in a hit-and-run accident may encounter financial loss due to funeral expenses as well as loss of income to help with household expenses. An attorney may review accident reports and witness and police accounts to file a wrongful death suit on behalf of the family once the liable party is identified and apprehended.

Source: WKRN, "Woman killed in Bordeaux hit-and-run", June 03, 2014

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