Man charged in fatal hit and run in Priceville

A motorist has been charged for his possible connection to a hit and run accident that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist in Priceville, Ala. Local police reported that a motorcycle was struck by an 18-wheel semi-trailer near the Pilot Travel Center on Alabama 67 just west of Interstate 65 at about 4:45 a.m. on June 26

After initially being struck, the motorcycle became wedged under the truck. The driver of the motorcycle was then ejected and thrown across the highway where he was struck and killed by an oncoming vehicle. The driver of that vehicle, a resident of Decatur, Ga., reportedly fled. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver who initially fled the scene, later returned and talked to police. He was subsequently arrested and charged with a hit and run.

According to news reports, the driver's case will likely be referred to the district attorney, and a grand jury could possibly bring more charges. The driver of the truck was unhurt, and no charges against him have yet been reported.

Family members who have suffered the loss of a loved one may have the legal right to file a lawsuit for wrongful death. In the event that the truck driver, the driver of the oncoming car, or any third party, such as a local government responsible for safe roads, might be found negligent, the family of the motorcyclist could then seek compensation for their loss. An experienced personal injury lawyer may be able to assist these family members. The attorney could explain their legal options and the necessary steps to hold any negligent party accountable.

Source: Alabama.com, "Decatur man charged in fatal hit-and-run in Priceville", Jonathan Grass, June 27, 2013

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