Texas Hit and Run Death: Who Bears Responsibility?
Death Due to a Speeding Hit and Run
Another tragedy struck a family in Texas due to a hit and run accident. In this case, a Houston woman was killed on Little York Road in Houston Sunday. According to police, the accident occured around 6am. In the accident, 29 year old Sergio Israel Hernandez struck a Nissan Rogue driven by Elaine Jolivet. Hernandez sped in his black Mercedez and fled the scene. His vehicle caught fire and he left the scene.
ABC 13 reported on the tragic accident. Jolivet was found dead on the scene by officers. She had just celebrated the release of a new book. She left behind three daughter. Hernandez was charged with failure to stop and render aid.
Determining the Legal Burden
From a legal standpoint, Hernandez carries the most responsibility– obviously. However, there are many elements still outstanding in the case. First is the criminal aspect. Considering the severity of the crash and the hit and run nature, I would not be surprised if there were additional criminal charges. In similar cases, the offending driver faces charges of vehicular manslaughter. Furthermore, the investigation is not complete. Additional info is still outstanding.
In addition, there are severe civil implications in a crash like this. Hernandez’s legal status or driving history have not been released. Should the 29 year old have a poor driving record or similar crashes in his past, he may face further scrutiny. This is especially the case after a fatal accident. Jolivet’s family has a strong wrongful death case. It is in their best interest to contact a skilled wrongful death attorney on their legal options. This includes the loss of love and affection, emotional trauma, and loss of income. Her three daughters are especially vulnerable as a result of the crash.
Keep it posted here for more updates on this and similar accidents and their legal implications.