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Fatal pedestrian accident claims life of Waianae man

Collisions between vehicles and humans are often tragedies. When a car hits a person, that person often has little to protect them from the unforgivingly hard surfaces of the vehicle, road and other obstacles that may be in their path. As a result, pedestrian accidents are often fatal occurrences that leave Hawaiian families coping with the losses of their loved ones.

Recently, a vehicle-pedestrian accident happened in Nanakuli. The victim was a 74-year-old man who was struck by a car on Farrington Highway. The accident occurred in the very early morning hours, and a 50-year-old man drove the vehicle that hit the male pedestrian. It is unknown why the elderly victim was on the highway at the time of the crash.

While investigators do not believe that speed or alcohol played a factor in the crash, locals are left reeling from what appears to have been a very violent event. The victim of the collision was pronounced dead at the scene, and the investigation site covered several miles of the highway.

For the surviving family members of the deceased pedestrian, nothing can be done to bring them back. However, their pain and losses may be compensable. Surviving family members might have legal recourses available to them. A civil action could help hold a negligent driver accountable while also helping with the recovery of compensation for losses.

A legal claim based on a wrongful death provides survivors with compensation for the losses they experience when a loved one dies in a tort-based accident. Vehicle accidents, including pedestrian accidents, are just one category of claims that may avail itself to wrongful death lawsuits and associated damages.

Source: hawaiinewsnow.com, "Honolulu police identify victim in fatal Nanakuli pedestrian crash," Mar. 24, 2018

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