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Detroit grandmother killed in hit-and-run

A 72-year-old grandmother was killed in southwest Detroit and now the woman's son is asking the driver to come forward. It is not yet clear whether the accident was caused by negligence on behalf of the driver but regardless of the whether the driver was reckless or negligent when he struck the victim, it was clearly improper to flee the scene.

The prosecutor has not yet indicated what charges if any may be filed against the driver once he or she is found, or whether the family will pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver. But law enforcement officials have indicated that if the diver comes forward on their own it may have an impact on the legal consequences they are likely to face.

Some of the aftermath of the accident was captured on a surveillance camera from a building along Michigan Avenue. That footage apparently shows that the driver did get out of the vehicle and attempt to render some assistance to the elderly woman. But as more people began to gather the driver fled the scene.

Unfortunately pedestrians like this woman are in a particularly vulnerable position whenever they cross a street, but pedestrians should be able to expect that drivers will uphold their duty to drive responsibly.

The thought of an elderly grandmother being stuck and killed by a passing car is tragic and upsetting enough, but it particularly disheartening to know that the driver would not even remain on the scene long enough for police and rescue crews to arrive.

Source: Channel 7 News "A 72-year-old grandmother dies after a hit-and-run, son wants driver to come forward" Cheryl Chodun, July, 7, 2011

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