The principal of a high school in Raleigh advised parents that he had arranged for a team of psychologists, social workers and counselors to provide support to students after a tragic event that claimed the life of a ninth grader. Traumatic events like fatal motor vehicle accidents that kill fellow students are known to cause feelings of vulnerability and a range of emotions. These could include anxiety, sadness, anger and fear, all of which can be eased during discussions with professionals who can help affected students to process their emotions.
According to the Raleigh police, a vehicle struck the 15-year-old student at approximately 7 a.m. on a recent Tuesday. The driver of the car did not stop to render aid or call emergency services but drove off instead. He left behind the critically injured ninth grader. The teen was rushed to a medical facility, but he later succumbed to his injuries.
Reportedly, law enforcement identified the vehicle and its driver. The 62-year-old man was soon arrested. He now faces felony hit-and-run charges along with obstruction of justice for leaving the scene of a crash that led to serious injury or death. A guilty verdict on these charges will help the teenager’s loved ones if they choose to pursue financial relief through the North Carolina civil justice system.
However, surviving family members of those who die in motor vehicle accidents that were caused by the negligence of others can file wrongful death lawsuits regardless of the outcome of a criminal case. An experienced Raleigh personal injury attorney can be an invaluable advocate for the plaintiffs. With the support and guidance of legal counsel, a monetary judgment might be entered to cover documented claims for economic and noneconomic damages.