A 14-year-old girl was killed in an accident near Macomb Nov. 4 as she walked towards her high school. The accident occurred at about 7 a.m. on Heydenreich Road, between 21 Mile and 22 Mile roads.
According to police, the pedestrian was struck as she either crossed the street or was walking on the road, by a 2016 Jeep Wrangler, driven by a teenage girl. The Jeep was traveling southbound on Heydenreich Road when the girl was struck. Both the driver and the victim were students at the same high school.
The pedestrian was transported to Henry Ford Macomb Hospital to receive treatment, but she succumbed to her injuries there. The driver of the Jeep, as well as her 16-year-old female passenger were not injured in the crash. Police continue to investigate the incident, but did report that at the it was dark outside when the event occurred. It is yet unknown what factors might have been involved in the collision, such as distracted driving or speeding, which can lead to auto-pedestrian accidents.
In similar cases, the family of the decedent might choose to file a wrongful death claim if the evidence shows that a negligent driver was responsible for the death. They might seek the guidance of a personal injury lawyer, who may be able to review and compile evidence to file the civil claim. Evidence to show liability might include the completed police report as well as any witness statements of the incident. The lawyer might also advise the family about the types of claims they can file and the types of compensation they might receive if the claim is successful. Compensation might be received for economic and non-economic losses.