A car accident has claimed the life of a 45-year-old woman in Grand Rapids. Michigan authorities arrived on scene to conduct an investigation and shut down the area for approximately four hours. Preliminary reports suggest that the car accident occurred when the woman was hit by an ambulance, then hit by a 1994 Mitsubishi car traveling eastbound near Jefferson Ave.
The ambulance was on its way to a non-emergency situation when it hit a woman who was apparently walking down the street. Afterward, a 1994 Mitsubishi struck the woman and never bothered to stop. The driver of the car continued to travel eastbound on 28th street. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision.
The authorities are still conducting an investigation. The police are unclear if the woman was visible to the ambulance or to the driver of the car. Authorities are also unclear if the ambulance was speeding or if the ambulance had on its lights. Even though she may have been walking in the street, the drivers could still have a duty of reasonable care and may face some level of negligence. Despite the fact that police have identified who the driver of the car was, no arrests have yet been made.
A car accident is typically burdensome, especially when there is a death involved. Depending on the outcome of this investigation, the family of the victim may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the paramedics in the ambulance or against the driver of the car. The court system in Michigan typically adjudicates these types of lawsuits based upon evidence that the injuries or death that resulted were caused by the negligence of another party.
Source: woodtv.com, "Woman hit by ambulance and car; killed," June 24, 2013