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Transient pedestrian's death doesn't mean there's been no loss

There was a sad story earlier this month in the Houston paper. It told about a 48-year-old transient Galveston pedestrian killed after being struck by a motor vehicle.

According to authorities, the driver of a Ford pickup truck was headed east along Seawall one Saturday night when the collision occurred. Officials say the pickup driver called the crash in to 911 and said that the victim had stepped into the road in the middle of the block. He said he had no time to avoid the accident.

Police say the driver agreed to submit to alcohol and drug tests but that alcohol impairment was not believed to have been a factor in the incident. No charges were filed.

It is perhaps easy in situations like this, in which a transient person is killed, to gloss things over and dismiss the matter as unimportant. But it does a disservice to the victim to do that. Regardless of what a person's life situation may be in a given moment, one thing is true of us all. We all had a mother and father. And more often than not, we have connections to some loved ones.

While we may not know all the details of this man's life, it is very likely that someone has suffered some measure of loss as a result of his death. And if it can be shown that negligence on the part of the driver was a factor, a claim for wrongful death might be brought by surviving relatives.

An assessment by an attorney would be the way to make such a determination.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "Man killed in Seawall accident," Cindy George, May 17, 2015

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