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Texas woman celebrating birthday killed in hit-and-run

A Texas woman celebrating her 38th birthday died after being killed in an accident in Harris County recently. The woman died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver as she was arguing with her husband. The victim was the mother of five children, ranging in ages from three to 21-years-old, and a grandmother of two. She has now been added to the statistics of those tragically killed in an accident in our state.

The woman and her husband were celebrating her birthday at a bar and just as they were walking out, they began to argue. She exited the vehicle near West Mount Houston Road near Ella, walking in the far right lane. Her husband followed behind the woman, also on foot. The victim was hit by someone driving a white pickup truck, and she passed away at the scene of the accident. The driver who hit her never stopped.

Understandably, the family wants justice to be served in this horrendous accident and is pleading for the responsible party to come forward. They indicated that the truck that hit her sustained front end damage and a headlight on the passenger side was missing. Once apprehended, the pickup truck driver faces serious felony charges in this incident for failing to stop and render aid.

A chain of seemingly unrelated events led to this Texas tragedy. However, the driver who hit the woman may face more than criminal charges for leaving the scene of an accident. The surviving family will likely want to understand exactly what occurred as they come to terms with the fact that their loved one was killed in an accident. This seemingly senseless death may also form the basis for a wrongful death claim should the relevant facts and circumstances indicate that the woman's death was caused by the negligent act of another. While nothing can bring the deceased woman back to her family, a successful claim may help ensure that those who acted negligently are held accountable while also providing reimbursement for damages suffered as a result of the tragic event.

Source: KHOU, "Mother of 5 struck, killed by hit-and-run driver in Harris County," April 15, 2012

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