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A pedestrian accident is one of the worst types of accidents that a person can be involved in. Human beings simply cannot stand up to the force and weight of a vehicle during impact, and are likely to suffer serious injuries and often death.

An 18-year-old Port St. Lucie High School student was walking to her bus stop at Southwest Lucero Drive and Southwest Friar Street on April 7 at around 6:45 a.m. when she was struck from behind by a hit-and-run driver.  The driver fled the crash scene. The seriously injured teen was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, where she was listed in critical condition.

About 6 hours after the tragic accident, police hauled a Nissan Sentra away from a home about one-third mile east of the accident scene. The front passenger side of the vehicle was reportedly damaged. The owner of the car, a 46-year-old woman from Port St. Lucie, was taken into custody without incident in connection with the hit-and-run accident.  She faces charges of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident, and was released from jail on $30,000 bail.

The pedestrian accident victim was pronounced dead on April 14 just before 8 p.m., a week after the crash.

Pedestrian accidents are all too common, and are often deadly. Aside from the criminal charges faced by the driver, she may also need to respond to a potential wrongful death lawsuit from victim’s family.