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Man to be sentenced for fatal California auto collision

Pedestrian deaths in the wake of auto collisions can be hard for surviving family members to deal with after losing a loved one. This can be especially true in the case of an auto collision where a driver speeds away after the accident rather than trying to help the pedestrian that they have struck. One California County saw 25 pedestrians killed in car accidents in 2012.

One of those pedestrians who died was a man who left behind a 10-year-old and a 5-year-old. The family is having an especially difficult time dealing with his loss considering that the driver who killed him left him for dead as he sped away. Furthermore, he apparently spent the next week trying to cover up the accident by seeking to have his vehicle repaired.

That man will soon be sentenced for the crime of hit-and-run causing death or permanent serious injury. The slain man's family feels that the fact that the longest time that this man can be sentenced to in prison is only four years is unjust in light of the fact that he deliberately drove away from the scene and tried to cover up the accident. An uncle of the man who was killed indicates that he hopes to advocate for tougher penalties in California to punish drivers who leave the scene of an accident after fatally shaking a pedestrian.

In other cases of fatal pedestrian auto collisions, some family members choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit in order to seek further justice for a loved one whose life has been abruptly cut short. This can help hold someone responsible for any negligence that they may have committed in causing such an auto collision. While it may not bring back the person who was killed, a successful outcome can help provide financially for dependent family members who are left behind to mourn that person's loss.

Source: BakersfieldCalifornian.com, "More than two dozen pedestrian deaths in 2012," Jason Kotowski, Jan. 1, 2013

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