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Hit-and-run car accident -- possible wrongful death claim?

A woman was recently on her way to work in the early morning hours when she was struck as she waited for her bus. The California nurse was originally born in the Philippines but had created a happy life in California. She had a large, loving family, and she had progressed to become the director of nurses at a convalescent hospital. The early morning car accident shattered her entire life that morning.

According to reports, while the woman was waiting for her bus, something prompted her to leave the bus bench and move into the street. It was not immediately clear what had transpired to make her do that. Allegedly, a mid-1990s Acura struck her while she was in the street and then fled the scene.

Another car had apparently stopped to help the woman while emergency crews were en route. The woman's bus driver also became alarmed when he saw the woman's lunch on the bus bench but did not see her waiting there with it. The woman suffered life-threatening injuries and was unfortunately declared deceased at the hospital just a few hours later.

The driver who allegedly hit the woman has not yet been found. Pieces of a fender and a headlight were apparently helpful in identifying the make and model of the car. The police are now trying to track the driver based on the information they have released to the public. The hope is that a member of the public may have noticed a car fitting that description with similar damage, or that a body shop may have a customer seeking to repair similar damage. The woman's family has also reached out to the public, asking for help in catching the perpetrator.

A family who is a victim of this kind of tragedy is left with emotional scars in addition to the financial burdens that come with final expenses. Negligent actions put countless citizens at risk and can sometimes lead to catastrophic consequences like this one. This California woman's family may have a right to pursue financial restitution for pain and suffering, lost wages, potential future earnings and loss of companionship, if it is proved that the driver in this particular car accident was negligent or reckless.

Source:, Family of Azusa nurse killed issues plea for information, Brian Day, Dec. 4, 2013

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