A female pedestrian was killed after she was struck by a motor vehicle in Pennsylvania. The incident happened at approximately 7:20 a.m. on Boyer Road in Pike Township. According to local reports, the victim was the CEO and vice chairman at East Penn Manufacturing, the largest, privately held business in Berks County.
Reports indicate that the woman was taking her morning jog nearby her home on Lobachsville Road when she was hit by a pickup truck, which eventually ended up in the woods. The 52-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 56-year-old truck driver was not charged immediately following the accident. However, he was interviewed by investigators and ordered to submit to a blood sample for analysis. The victim has been serving as CEO of her family-owned company since 2009. She had been working with the company for more than three decades.
Immediate family members of a pedestrian killed in a crash might be able to file a wrongful death claim against the accused driver. In some cases, a personal injury lawyer may be able to prove that the at-fault driver was negligent at the time of the crash. For instance, a motorist may be considered negligent when they are intoxicated, speeding, violating traffic signals or distracted.
If legal counsel can prove the other driver's negligence caused the pedestrian accident, the victim's family may be entitled to receive compensation to help alleviate funeral expenses, medical costs, loss of support or services and any other damages. A lawyer may rely on the outcome of the police investigation to help prove the driver's culpability in the accident.