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Hit-and-run personal injury becomes wrongful death situation

Once a negligent act has been committed, there is little that can be done to undo it. A hit-and-run driver in Ontario's capital recently returned to the scene, but that did nothing to change the tragic events that had already occurred. After suffering a serious personal injury, the driver's victim later succumbed to his injuries.

The accident happened March 18 in Toronto near Jarvis Street and Gloucester Street. At approximately 7:35 p.m. a vehicle struck a male pedestrian and then left the scene. EMS workers said the victim suffered serious injuries and was taken to a trauma centre for treatment. Tragically, he did not recover.

The driver returned to the scene of the accident. However, a law enforcement spokesperson said the incident was still being treated as a hit and run. Police are checking footage from nearby surveillance cameras to try and learn more about what happened. As of right now, police have not laid any charges.

If the police do decide to lay charges, it will be a clear indication that they consider the driver responsible for the unfortunate events of that evening. Even in the absence of charges, there may be an opportunity for the family of the deceased to seek compensation. After a person or a loved one has suffered a personal injury caused by another, there may be confusion about what to do next. A consultation with a lawyer who handles injury cases in Ontario might shed some light on available options.

Source:, "Man, 62, dies after struck downtown in hit-and-run but vehicle returns to scene", March 19, 2017

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