It’s a tragedy when anyone is killed in a senseless Maryland traffic accident, but to lose a loved one as a result of a fatal hit-and-run crash, that is a double blow to a family that is already reeling from the loss. As a Maryland automobile injury lawyer, I have represented victims of car, bike and commercial trucking accidents over the years. One thing that never seems to change is the sadness of families of people killed in by negligent drivers.
When a motorist is found to have operated his or her vehicle in a negligent manner that results a catastrophic traffic accident, that person should be held liable for the injury or wrongful death of the victim or victims. In some cases, the state will want its pound of flesh too, meaning the defendant could also wind up spending time in jail. Whatever the circumstances, it doesn’t change the fact that careless or reckless acts committed by another individual, whether a passenger car driver or professional truck driver, can have long lasting effects on the victim and his or her family.
A little while back, a man was killed in a hit-and-run accident here in Baltimore. At the time of the news report, police were still looking for the suspect, who was reportedly driving a black Mercedes-Benz at the time of the crash. These kinds of accidents can be hard to solve, but the fact that the driver fled the scene may indicate the potential for negligence on his or her part.
According to reports, Baltimore City police responded to a reported hit-and-run car-motorcycle collision during a Saturday evening along the 5200 block of Erdman Avenue. An eye witness to the crash, Laura Price, said that a black Mercedes hit 25-year-old Gerard Grant’s motorcycle. According to Price, there was an audible “pop” after which the woman saw Grant and his bike flying through the air. Based on reports, the bike flipped three times before coming to a stop.
Following the collision, nearby residents came to the man’s aid, performing CPR prior to the arrival of emergency personnel. After EMS arrived, Grant was taken to Bayview Hospital for medical treatment however he died not long after as a result of his apparently extensive injuries.
At the time of the article, police were looking for a black Mercedes with significant damage to the driver’s side and which also was missing its mirror. There was no specific indication of road rage, according to police.
Motorcyclist killed in hit-and-run accident in Baltimore, ABC2news.com, September 12, 2010