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Hit-and-run ends in tragedy for California family

Any California vehicle crash is a potentially tragic event. A fatal car accident is even more agonizing. What's even more heartrending is when the death is caused by a hit-and-run driver. Sadly this was the case for one woman -- a wife and mother -- after her husband was killed in a recent car accident that also left her 7-year-old daughter in a coma.

On Friday, April 20, just prior to 6 p.m., the father and his daughter were crossing the road in a crosswalk when an SUV struck the pair and fled the scene. Unfortunately, the father died at the scene, and the daughter was rushed to a local hospital. She is currently listed in critical condition.

The mother of the young girl and wife of the deceased father was lucky enough to survive the incident without any injury. She was only a few steps behind her husband and daughter, and they had all just left an afterschool program. She says her husband saw the speeding car coming toward them and moved to protect their daughter, taking the majority of the impact himself.

Now, the woman is both grieving a tragic loss and praying for the full recovery of her critically ill daughter. While the daughter's struggle to survive is the most important thing right now, the surviving mother may also want to know exactly what occurred and see the hit-and-run driver brought to justice in California.

If a driver is found to have been negligent in a causing a car accident that resulted in death or injury, surviving family members may have the legal right to pursue civil claims for wrongful death and personal injury. Though nothing can make a family whole again after the loss of a loved one, a successful claim may assist in holding negligent parties accountable while also providing financial reimbursement for the damages that have been suffered.

Source: ABC 7 News, "Willowbrook hit-and-run leaves 7-year-old girl in coma, kills father," Darsha Philips, April 22, 2012

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