Despite the presumed safety of an area surrounding an Indiana pedestrian bridge, two pedestrians were injured by a driver in an accident while walking near the bridge recently. The accident, a hit and run, created a great deal of pandemonium, leading other observers to scream and yell at the vehicle as it left the scene of the accident.
The car accident occurred when the speeding driver of an SUV ran a stop sign and struck a woman and her 13-year-old niece as they tried to cross the street. The injured victims were near the Ohio River's Big Four Bridge. Following the driver leaving the scene of the hit-and-run accident, police conducted an investigation. Through review of surveillance video, they were able to determine the vehicle that caused the accident, and further investigation revealed that a family member of the vehicle's owner was driving when the accident occurred. Jeffersonville police issued a warrant for the male suspect based on the charge of leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury.
The adult woman injured by the driver required surgery for her serious injuries after being pinned against a telephone pole, but she emerged in stable condition. Fortunately, the 13-year-old child, who was thrown into the air after the force of the collision, is in stable condition as well.
Police reports indicate that despite this area being popular with pedestrians, speeding drivers put walkers in this area at risk, as the area around the pedestrian bridge is commonly used by drivers as a thoroughfare. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you may wish to seek legal counsel, to learn whether compensation for your injuries is available.
Source: courier-journal.com, "Jeff police have suspect in hit-and-run," Nov. 26, 2015