Louisville Metro Police are seeking help in the search for a light blue vehicle with possibly a cracked or shattered windshield after responding early Sunday morning to a fatal hit-and-run on Emerson Avenue and Bardstown Road. Investigators have yet to have any witnesses come forward. LMP are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to please contact the Crime Tip Hotline at 574-LMPD (5673).
Kentucky law provides that drivers on roadways owe a duty of care to other drivers and pedestrians to operate their vehicles in a safe and reasonable manner. If the unknown driver is discovered and found to be at fault for causing the collusion that resulted in the death of the man, the man’s relatives may have grounds to bring a wrongful death claim against the driver in addition to a negligence claim. Wrongful death is a cause of action which enables a personal representative, such as a parent, to file a lawsuit against the party that negligently or intentionally caused their relative’s death. Potentially recoverable damages can include funeral and administrative expenses, loss of services, loss of consortium and loss of power to earn. The statute also dictates how such damages, if awarded, are to be disbursed amongst the surviving family members.
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