Wreck Claims Soldier’s Life

In the world of negligent driving, hit-and-run accidents are one of the most atrocious kinds. Most hit-and-runs involve alcohol use, and the driver leaves the scene in an attempt to avoid drunk-driving charges. The choice to leave an injured pedestrian in the road is often a death sentence, especially when the accident occurs late at night without witnesses who could provide aid.

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WBIR News reports that this is exactly what happened to a soldier stationed in Tennessee. Austin McReynolds was walking along the road at 2:30 a.m. after drinking at a pub and grill. Half a mile from the pub, McReynolds was struck and killed by a passing car. The driver didn’t stop.

His body was not discovered until the following morning by a passing pedestrian. A police investigation quickly turned up an SUV that had recent damage to the front end consistent with hitting a pedestrian. The police questioned the SUV’s owner, David Elliot, who is a captain at McReynold’s base, and he told them that he abandoned his vehicle after hitting a deer.

Police Determined That Elliot Was Impaired, And They Charged Him With DUI And Homicide

The police investigation found that Captain Elliot was also drinking at the pub and grill before the car wreck. He is currently being held without bond and is charged with vehicular homicide and driving under the influence.

Driving under the influence is extremely dangerous, and if you have been in an accident with a drunk driver, then you know how damaging it can be. After suffering an injury that was caused

by a negligent driver, it can be difficult to get the insurance company to compensate you fairly. At Grimmett Law Firm, PLLC, we specialize in negotiating with insurance companies to recover compensation for our clients. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, Call Us At 1-877-900-4878 Today!

The Frequency Of Hit-And-Run Accidents Is Increasing All Across The United States

USA Today reports that there has been a large increase in the number of accidents that involve one driver fleeing the scene. In some areas of the country, almost half of all car accidents were hit and runs. A recent report released by the American Automobile Association (AAA) found that about two out of three hit-and-runs involve pedestrians, making the epidemic much more deadly.

Most drivers who leave the scene of the accident do so because they have a reason – beyond the accident itself – to avoid law enforcement. Drivers who have been drinking, who are uninsured or who do not have a license are more likely to leave, because they want to avoid additional charges. To combat the problem, many cities have introduced tougher penalties for leaving the scene of an accident, including an immediate license suspension, mandatory jail time and an increased statute of limitations.

If you have been injured by a driver who fled the scene, we want to help you seek justice in a civil trial. To learn more about our services, we encourage you to contact our Nashville office—Call Us At 1-877-900-4878 Today!