Hit-And-Run Accident Ends Life Of Osu Student On Spring Break
It is spring break time across the country for elementary, high school and college students. A group of sorority sisters from Oklahoma State University decided to spend their spring break down on the Gulf Coast of Alabama, but the spring break excitement ended abruptly for this group in the early morning hours of Friday, March 21.
A car accident occurred at approximately 1:45 a.m. while several of the girls were walking along a road named West Beach Boulevard. This particular boulevard had a bike lane, and Gulf Shores police said that this was where one of the young girls had been walking when she was suddenly struck by a vehicle.
The 19-year-old finance student suffered fatal injuries in this collision. Adding to the already catastrophic accident, the driver of the vehicle left the scene, failing to stop and render aid. After being given a description of the vehicle, a Baldwin County sheriff’s deputy was able to later stop the driver suspected of hitting the girl. The investigation into the incident remains ongoing, and charges had not been filed against the driver at the time of the report.
The student attended Oklahoma State University, but she was on vacation when the accident occurred. Her parents live in Flower Mound, Texas. Where should the parents file a wrongful death case should they chose to do so? Should they file in the jurisdiction where the accident occurred? Where the girl lived? Where the parents live?
The jurisdiction where a complaint should be filed is just one of the first decisions that need to be made after a fatal accident, and it is based on the type of claim, the details of the incident and jurisdictional law. Decisions such as these make a difference in a case, which is why family members should consult with a Ponca City personal injury attorney after the loss of a loved one.
Source: The Houston Chronicle, “Oklahoma student killed in spring break car crash,” March 22, 2014