It is the law in Essex County, Massachusetts for drivers who are involved in an accident to stop and check on the wellbeing of the other motorists involved. If there are injuries, authorities should be notified and medical personnel called in to attend to those who are hurt. Although it is against the law to flee the scene of an accident, there are drivers who think they can get away with it. Sometimes they may be able to, but many times they end up causing more trouble as they are fleeing.
This is the case for a 53-year-old driver who is believed to have crashed into the back of a car that was stopped at a red light. Although he stopped and got out of his car after the accident, he got back in and drove away after he got into an argument with the other driver and she called 911.
As he was speeding away from the car accident, he crossed over the center line and hit a cement wall and guardrail before crashing head-on into another vehicle driven by a 68-year-old man. The impact sent both cars spinning. The drivers were taken to the hospital where they succumbed to their injuries.
This accident could have been prevented had the 53-year-old driver stopped at the first accident he caused rather than trying to escape. His negligence not only cost him his own life, but the life of an innocent bystander as well. The family of the other driver killed may wish to seek legal counsel to discuss their right to compensation for the death of their loved one.
Source: CBS Philly, “Police: Driver Fleeing From Accident Killed In Double Fatal Wilmington Crash,” July 5, 2014