A man is facing a murder charge for a fatal accident that claimed the life of another West Virginia man. Police say that the fatality occurred as the man intentionally hit the deceased with his vehicle, after which he was arrested and charged with homicide. According to a report of the incident, the two men had been involved in a physical alternation shortly before the fatal car wreck.
Details of the accident have not been made public, and West Virginia law enforcement have not stated the reason for the fight between the two men. TheU.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force was involved with the arrest, though further details were not reported. A close investigation into the accident may determine exactly what happened and what legal options may be available to the family of the deceased.
Criminal charges are completely separate from any civil claim that could be filed against a driver deemed responsible for a fatal accident. A successfully presented wrongful death claim may result in monetary relief for the surviving family for lost income, medical expenses and other damages incurred from the fatal incident. The accused West Virginia man could be named in a civil claim while simultaneously facing criminal charges.
A family typically suffers both financially and emotionally after the unexpected death of a loved one. Fortunately, those left behind after a fatal car wreck do not have to face these frustrating circumstances alone. The legal process can be overwhelming, but those considering legal action may seek assistance in order to carefully navigate every step of the process.
Source: wvnstv.com, "UPDATE: Raleigh County Man Charged with Murder for Hitting Pedes", Cortney Vannatter, May 9, 2015