Hit and Run Drunk Driver Kills Pedestrian
Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 14, 2012 – Texan arrested in fatal hit and run was driving under the influence.
“In this case, two brothers were walking beside I-37 when one of them was hit by a blue Chrysler PT Cruiser that took off. The man, a 39-year-old, died at the scene,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P in Texas.
The police had their work cut out for them, as eyewitness reports were unreliable. However, a break in the investigation came when a passenger in the PT Cruiser called police to tell them what happened. The witness said he was passed out in the passenger’s seat when he was startled awake by a loud crashing noise and was then showered in glass. Further investigation led to eventually identifying the Cruiser owner, a 32-year-old female, as the driver of the vehicle at the time of the accident. She was charged in connection with the incident.
“It was evident from the eyewitness report, and from other sources, that the Cruiser driver had been drinking the night of the hit and run. The woman was arrested and put in jail. In jail, she told a cellmate she had hit a man, after spending time in a bar, but that ‘he should not have been on the road in the first place,’” added Schuelke.
The wrongful death of the 39-year-old man was a sudden and horrific shock for his family. They are trying to pick up the pieces after their son’s death and are considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit with the hope that what happened to their son will never happen to someone else.
“If you have been in an accident like this, you should contact a personal injury lawyer. They can advise you of your legal rights and explain what needs to be done, should you wish to file a lawsuit, either a personal injury or a wrongful death suit. Doing so may help you cope with your injuries or loss,” suggested Schuelke.
Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP
206 East 9th Street, Ste. 1511
Austin, TX 78701
Call (512) 476-4944
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