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Woman killed by reversing pickup truck

On behalf of Rooz Law posted in Auto-Pedestrian Accidents on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

A 70-year-old woman lost her life on April 13 as she was crossing the street. Ontario Provincial Police teamed up with the city police forensic unit to help investigate the auto-pedestrian accident. According to authorities, the accident occurred on Pearl Street in Brockville at about 4 p.m. east of the intersection at Perth Street. The woman was crossing Pearl Street when a pickup truck that was backing up into a parking spot struck her.

The acting sergeant constable says that the man did not see the woman as she was crossing. The constable also stated that the man might have also driven forward over the woman after the initial strike. Although attempts were made at the scene of the accident to revive the woman, they were not successful, and she died from her injuries.

Police have not laid any charges against the driver, and they are treating the incident as an accident. Police initially heard that the woman was run over as the man was pulling out of a laneway, but their investigation concluded that the 56-year-old driver was attempting to parallel park at the time of the accident. A representative from the coroner’s office was also at the scene, and the investigation continued as police awaited results from an autopsy.

Even if criminal charges are not filed following an auto-pedestrian accident, the family of the deceased could still seek compensation for the damages that they realized due to the death. Damages may include the loss of benefits, support and companionship. In order to prevail, a lawyer for the family might demonstrate how the party who struck the victim was acting in a negligent manner or distracted.

Source: Recorder and Times, “Woman, 70, killed by pickup truck”, Ronald Zajac, April 14, 2014

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