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"Girl killed at problematic intersection, neighbor says"

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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"Girl killed at problematic intersection, neighbors say" - Vancouver Sun, lead story September 12, 2013.

" Neighbors near Pitt River Road and Mary Hill Road in Port Coquitlam where a 15 year old girl was killed in a hit-and-run crash say the intersection is dangerous, with one or more collisions between vehicles per week." - Brian Morton, Jenny Lee and Kelly Sinoski, Vancouver Sun

Social media indicated that the girl involved in this tragic accident was Annie Leung, a student at Riverside Secondary.

Accidents happen. People get hurt, even sometimes killed, when they're involved in a car accident.

But hit-and- run accidents are something entirely different.

A hit- and-run accident involves the driver of a vehicle getting involved in a crash ( in this this case hitting a pedestrian) and then fleeing the scene.

Ok. So sometimes people panic and do something stupid. But anyone who flees the scene of an accident and doesn't turn themselves in to police has really lost their moral bearings.

Believe it or not, accordingly to statistics kept by ICBC, on average there are 49,000 hit-and-run accidents per year in B.C. And 2,200 people are injured as a result. Even worse, 9 people were killed.

That's a lot of carnage caused by morally challenged drivers.

To add insult to injury, the compensation available  to a person you suffers serious injury in a hit-and-run accident is often quite a bit less had they been involved in the same type of accident where the driver stuck around.

Curious about how hit-and-run claims work?

Call me at 604-255-9018 or send me an e-mail at [email protected]


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