A pedestrian in Maryland was tragically killed in a car accident. The crash is now being investigated by the Calvert County Sheriff's Office, though details are still scarce right now and, subsequently, charges have not been filed. Reports indicated that that is because the investigation is ongoing, leaving the door open for future charges if the evidence warrants them.
The accident happened right around 6:30 in the evening, on Saturday, Feb. 11. The woman who passed away was hit by a Dodge Dakota -- the smaller pickup that Dodge makes, below the full-sized Ram -- while walking on Hallowing Point Road.
The driver of the pickup did stay at the scene and appears to have cooperated with the authorities. That driver was not hurt in the crash.
No one ever sets out believing they'll be involved in a pedestrian accident, but these are quite common. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,735 people passed away in these accidents in 2013. Another 66,000 were hit and suffered injuries that were survivable. When looking at the frequency of these accidents, it means that a pedestrian crash injured a person in the U.S. every eight minutes, and someone lost his or her life in such a crash every two hours.
After a deadly crash, family members may be able to seek compensation for the costs that they're facing. This could include medical bills, if care was provided, along with funeral costs, lost future wages and more. This is especially important when a parent is killed, meaning the children lose a key provider, and compensation can help make sure they get what they need.
Source: US News, "Pedestrian Dies After Calvert County Car Accident," Feb. 12, 2017