An Oklahoma man was killed recently after being struck by another driver in North Tulsa, who then allegedly tried to flee the scene of the accident. The 68-year-old victim was driving a pickup truck northbound at approximately 2:00 p.m. when another vehicle — a Nissan Altima — ran through a stop sign, striking the victim’s vehicle. When law enforcement officials got to the scene of the accident, they saw bystanders keeping the driver of the Nissan Altima from fleeing the scene of the accident after he allegedly attempted to do so.
The victim was transported to an area hospital, but ultimately succumbed to his injuries and died. In addition, the victim’s 20-year-old son was also in the pickup truck at the time of the accident. The collision propelled the 20-year-old man out of the pickup truck. He was also sent to the hospital with injuries that have been described as severe.
Tragic car accidents such as this serve as grim reminders that no one is safe from a negligent driver. Hit-and-run accidents can be especially difficult, particularly if one is unable to identify the individual who caused the accident. However, leaving the scene of an accident you have caused is a crime, and police are generally getting better all the time at tracking down hit-and-run drivers.
It is imperative that a thorough investigation of any accident is performed in order to better understand what caused the accident and who is responsible for it. The results of an investigation can prove to be very useful to those who are seeking compensation for their injuries.
Source: Tulsa World, “Police release name of driver killed by vehicle fleeing accident in north Tulsa,” Kyle Hinchey, Feb. 18, 2016
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