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Nevada student killed in pedestrian accident

Two college students were hit by a car while they were walking. One of the victims, a 20-year-old woman, was killed in the pedestrian accident. The other victim was taken to a Nevada hospital after suffering injury.

The morning accident reportedly occurred when a 58-year-old male operator of a truck was driving in an erratic manner. While the two students were walking, the truck slammed into them. The driver did not only hit the pedestrians, he also hit another vehicle on the road, along with street signs. He also, for an unknown reason, traveled on the sidewalk on multiple occasions and barely missed hitting a third pedestrian.

Medical personnel worked vigorously to save the woman's life, but she died from her injuries. Authorities issued the driver citations for uninsured use of a vehicle and inappropriate use of a lane. The accident is still being investigated.

A pedestrian accident is usually a traumatic experience to go through for many victims and is even more traumatic when the accident turns fatal. Depending on the outcome of this continuing investigation, the driver of the truck may be held liable in civil litigation. The family of the deceased may seek recovery of damages and retains the right to pursue a wrongful death claim. The victim who suffered injury may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver as she may experience pain and suffering and face economic loss from lost wages. The civil court system in Nevada typically adjudicates these types of lawsuits and may award compensation if the driver is deemed to be liable for injuries or death.

Source: dailyillini.com, University student dies after accident on Lincoln Avenue, No author, Oct. 10, 2013

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