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Hit-and-run in Columbus may have been intentional, witness claims

A 25-year-old Columbus man is in the intensive care unit following a grisly hit-and-run accident that occurred during the afternoon of March 5. Chillicothe police are currently investigating the car accident that reportedly occurred when the man ran into the road to retrieve his dog, and the neighbor of the injured man has come forward as a witness.

The woman asserts that the hit-and-run was intentional. She reports seeing the man raise his hand reflexively before entering the roadway in order to signal to the car to stop, but the vehicle struck him at an estimated 60 mph instead and drove off. She then attempted to comfort the injured man, who appeared pale and reported that he felt no sensation and may have broken his back. The woman's identity is currently being withheld while authorities look for the driver of the vehicle.

All motorists have a duty of care not just to other motorists but to pedestrians as well to be vigilant and respond as promptly and attentively as possible to sudden road hazards, such as a pet or person darting out into the roadway. Regardless of whether or not the man gave clear notice of his intent to enter the roadway in this recent incident, the driver seems to have made no attempt to maneuver evasively or apply the vehicle's brakes to lessen the force of the impact, according to the eyewitness account. The driver's lack of vigilance or outright recklessness may be construed by authorities as negligence if authorities complete the investigation and locate the driver, and he or she may face criminal charges as a result.

Even if the driver is not found guilty of criminal charges, the injured man may still pursue a personal injury claim. A stay in a hospital's intensive care unit may be extensive and expensive, particularly if emergency surgical procedures were performed. A knowledgeable Ohio personal injury lawyer may be able to help him hold the driver who struck him liable and recover compensation for his medical expenses and pain and suffering.

Source: 10 TV, "Witnesses Say They Believe Driver Intended To Hit Man Who Ran Into Street To Save Dog," March 6, 2013

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