Hit-and-Run Motorist Kills Female Pedestrian at Lemon Hill

Lemon Hill Avenue Accident Death Caused by Hit-and-Run Driver

A hit-and-run motorist caused the death of a female pedestrian in the Lemon Hill area of Sacramento County on September 25. Officers with the Sacramento Police Department arrived at the scene of the accident on Lemon Hill Avenue around 8:40 p.m. after receiving a report of the incident. Upon arrival, they discovered that the female pedestrian was seriously injured in the collision. 

Witnesses Sought in Accident That Claims the Life of Pedestrian

The pedestrian was declared dead by emergency responders with the Sacramento Fire Department. Police are searching for any witnesses to the fatal accident as well as evidence and are canvassing the area. At the time the incident report was released, no information about the suspect vehicle was provided. 

Name of Deceased Pedestrian Yet to Be Released After Hit-and-Run 

The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office has identified the decedent as Lien Dang, 87, of Sacramento. Those with any information about the collision are asked to call (916) 808-5471.

Speed Bumps Added to Lemon Hill Neighborhood After Hit-and-Run Accident

The city of Sacramento has recently made new safety measures in a Lemon Hill neighborhood following a hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of Ms. Dang. Speed bumps were added by the city to the 5900 block of Lemon Hill Avenue, the same area where the fatal crash occurred. Officials have indicated in a recent release that no arrests have yet been made in connection to the incident.

Losing a Loved One to a Hit-and-Run 

It is difficult to lose a loved one but to have a hit-and-run driver take their life may be overwhelming. The disregard for life a hit-and-run driver displays makes it harder for the family to deal with. In order to find justice for the loved one, many families file a wrongful death lawsuit against the fleeing driver once they are apprehended. This says my loved one did not deserve this, and the at-fault driver is going to pay financially. 

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Survivors of the decedent can file a wrongful death lawsuit in California. This includes:

  • The spouse of the decedent, including a putative spouse
  • The stepchildren of the decedent
  • The children of the decedent
  • Brothers and sisters of the decedent
  • The parents of the loved one

Damages Recovered in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The damages compensate the family for the support, both financially and emotionally, they would have expected had their loved one lived. The damages are both economic and non-economic. That means both the monetary amounts that are easily verifiable (economic) and those that are subjective and case-specific (non-economic) are available to survivors. Family members receive the damages either in a lump sum or over a period of time. The damages are calculated according to the life expectancy of the decedent or that of the plaintiff when the negligent event occurred. The jury ultimately decides the life expectancy based on the lifestyle, health, and occupation of the decedent.

The economic and non-economic damages include:

  • Funeral and burial costs
  • The monetary support the deceased would have provided had they lived
  • The monetary value of the household services normally done by the decedent
  • Benefits or gifts the family might have received from the deceased
  • The protection the decedent would have provided
  • The descendant’s companionship
  • The deceased’s affection and moral support
  • Training the decedent might have provided
  • Loss of consortium between spouses

Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyers

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