Posted On: May 6, 2010 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident, Driver Sentenced

According to this article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, a 20-year-old man from South Philadelphia was sentenced to seven to 14 years in prison for the incident in which he was driving under the influence of marijuana.

The driver ran down two women after a Phillies game in 2008. One of the pedestrians was killed and the other woman was permanently disabled.

Police say the two women left the stadium after the baseball game to go to dinner. They were crossing Broad Street at Curtin Street when they were struck by the car.

The motorist was stopped at the red light behind two cars when he swerved around the stopped cars, drove through the light, and hit the two women at high speed as they were in the crosswalk.

The article reported that the man had a string of seven previous arrests before the crash, as well as his own admission that he smoked marijuana after he had been freed on bail and was awaiting his trial.

The driver should be held both criminally and civilly responsible for the female pedestrian’s death and the other woman’s catastrophic injuries. When needless death occurs due to negligence of another party, a PA wrongful death claim can be filed. In these lawsuits, the decedent’s heirs sue the negligent party or parties for damages related to the loss of life and their own pain and suffering.

With the help of a wrongful death attorney, the family can sue the negligent person in court and receive monetary compensation for the wages the decedent would have earned had he or she lived, the loss of support to the family, even money related to pain and suffering and loss of consort.

The Cherry, Fieger, Marciano, LLP attorneys understand the devastating impact a Pennsylvania wrongful death can have on a family. They can help you find justice and compensation for your loved one’s death. Your case consultation with one of the Philadelphia fatal accident attorneys is free of charge and completely confidential.