An 84-year-old Erie resident was discovered lying lifeless in the street along the West 38th Street nearest Lancaster Road around 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 16, 2017. He later succumbed to his injuries upon arrival at the University of Pittburgh's Medical Center.
In terms of what claimed the man's life, it's believed he was first struck by a vehicle then dragged. That driver left the scene of the accident. A 27-year-old woman from Millcreek Township has since come forward. She has admitted to some degree of fault in the accident although it's unclear as to how much. Police have impounded her car as they continue investigating the accident.
As for why the elderly victim in this case was out walking at such a late time of the night, his daughter commented that it's not all the uncommon that her father does so. In fact, area residents and business owners report that the 3200 block of this Erie roadway is always buzzing with foot traffic, even though the intersection is relatively dangerous.
The hit-and-run suspect in this case has not yet had any charges filed against her. Police officials say that they're still trying to piece together what happened during the accident. The victim's family have yet to file a wrongful death lawsuit against her at this time.
If the family does decide to file a lawsuit against the woman to recover funeral costs, medical bills and other expenses in this fatal pedestrian accident case, they almost assuredly will work with an Erie personal injury attorney to ensure a swift settlement of the case.
Source: yourerie.com, "Millcreek Police continue to investigate fatal hit," Ryachel Vendetti, April 18, 2017