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Rhode Island activist killed by negligent driver during walk

An activist who was walking across the United States to raise money for a Rhode Island charity was killed in a pedestrian accident in Florida. The man had been walking for more than three months when he was killed by a negligent driver who deviated from her lane. The 33-year-old victim was attempting to raise money for The FANG Collective (Fighting Against Natural Gas). The victim was employed at a library in Rhode Island, and he had previously completed an 81-day cross-country walk in 2010.

Relatives of the victim say that he was wearing a reflective vest at the time of the crash. He received the vest from his grandmother, who apparently feared that the young man would be struck by a vehicle. Sadly, her concern was well-founded. The 51-year-old female driver who hit the victim is now facing charges in collection with the car accident.

Family members say that the young man was aware of the risks associated with walking across the nation, but that he had taken on the activity to promote awareness about climate change. The man had been posting updates to social media channels throughout his journey. His last update was on Jan. 21, shortly before he was hit.

Relatives of victims who are killed by this type of hit-and-run accident may be entitled to financial compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other civil claims. Victims' families should not have to suffer financial devastation because of a negligent driver who failed to take proper caution while operating a vehicle. A qualified personal injury attorney can help surviving family members learn more about their options for recovering damages from a negligent driver, even if that person does not face criminal charges.

Source: NWF Daily News, "Fatal accident ends activist's barefoot cross-country trek," Heather Osbourne, Jan. 23, 2017

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