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Police: Driver in North Philadelphia hit and run located

Hit and run resulting in death is one of the most serious crimes a driver can commit. The reasons drivers give for leaving the scene of an accident usually have something to do with fear, but no explanation of fear will prevent a hit-and-run driver from facing criminal charges. Victims or their families also have a right to hold negligent or reckless drivers accountable in civil court.

A driver allegedly involved in a hit and run on Nov. 16 in North Philadelphia has turned herself in. Police say the 23-year-old left the scene of a collision with a 42-year-old man on Rising Sun Avenue. The collision knocked the pedestrian across the road and into the other lane of traffic, where another vehicle hit him.

The second driver waited for police to arrive, but the victim was reportedly trapped under the car and died at the scene. The first driver turned herself in later that day. She is facing criminal charges; the second driver is not.

In an auto accident of any kind that results in injuries or death, it may be necessary to gather a range of evidence to prove liability in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Such evidence may include records of vehicle damage, accident reconstruction, witness testimony and more.

Even in what appear to be obvious cases of reckless or negligent driving, at-fault drivers or their insurance companies may try to shirk responsibility. To achieve the best possible outcome, plaintiffs in these cases often need legal counsel with experience in proving liability in auto accidents.

Source: CBS Philly, "Driver Turns Hersefl In To Authorities In Deadly Hit-Run In Olney," Nov. 17, 2013

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