On Saturday, November 26th, Charlie Thompson of Phoenix was struck and killed by a car on 19th Avenue. According to reports, 46 year-old Thompson ran into the street after being told that his dog had been struck by a vehicle. Thompson was declared dead at the scene. There was no information about the dog’s condition.
Thompson was not in a crosswalk when he was struck by a 2007 Chevrolet that was driven by a 21 year-old man. Thompson was struck near 8pm, when it was dark outside. The driver was evaluated for impairment and none was found. The driver may not have had enough time to see Thompson and stop before hitting him.
It is unknown who is responsible for Thompson’s death. Drivers have obligations to be mindful of hazards on the roadway. Pedestrians likewise have obligations not to jaywalk or run in front of cars. If the driver is found to be responsible for Thompson’s death, Thompson’s family could file a claim against the driver for wrongful death.
This could also be a situation where someone lied to Thompson and told him that his dog had been struck when that was not the case. If this lie led to Thompson running into the street where he was struck and killed, that person could also be liable for Thompson’s death and the damages, if any, to the driver and his vehicle.
If you have lost a loved one in an automobile accident, please contact the Phoenix personal injury lawyers at the personal injury law firm Oracle Law Group today!