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Pedestrian auto accident claims life of woman walking on sidewalk

When automobiles and pedestrians collide, many of the drivers are quick to blame the pedestrian. This is similar to the way that some drivers try to place the blame on motorcyclists in car versus motorcycle collisions. However, the car driver is often the party deemed responsible for an auto accident of this nature. 

A Rhode Island woman recently lost her life in Providence after she was struck by a vehicle. The 77-year-old was reportedly walking along the sidewalk when the incident occurred. She was walking eastbound, which is the same direction that the vehicle was traveling.

According to reports, the vehicle first hit the median and landed on the other side of the street. It then struck the victim. The driver was a 39-year-old woman who had apparently been drinking. As a result, she was charged with DUI with a death resulting, in addition to other accusations. She was previously cited for reckless driving and driving with a suspended driver's license.

As with other fatal crashes, this pedestrian versus auto accident will be carefully investigated in order to determine exactly what occurred. The Providence woman's family will surely follow the progress of the criminal proceedings. As they do, they may also exercise their right to initiate a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver. This type of claim is filed in a Rhode Island civil court and seeks an award of monetary damages based upon evidence of driver negligence. Should the driver be convicted in criminal court, proof of that conviction may be offered as evidence of financial liability in a related civil court proceeding.

Source: abc6.com, "Victim ID'd, driver charged in fatal pedestrian accident", Kirsten Glavin, March 17, 2016

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