Our readers in Cincinnati may remember seeing a tragic news story about a 74-year-old high school teacher who was struck by a vehicle while volunteering to clean up debris and leaves on the side of a road. The teacher died as a result of the injuries he suffered in the accident, and, to make matters worse, the driver fled the scene.

Fortunately, the driver involved in this hit-and-run was eventually located and arrested. She was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and aggravated vehicular homicide as a result of her actions. Recently, the driver – a 23-year-old woman – pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced.

The recent report states that the driver was sentenced to serve nine years in prison for her crimes. In addition to that sentence, the woman will face a lifetime suspension of her driving privileges.

Whenever a tragic motor vehicle accident like this occurs, the surviving family members are usually glad to see justice served to the criminal defendant. However, that justice will not replace the role that the deceased victim played in their lives – emotionally or financially. In the aftermath of an accident, a family may find that they are struggling financially because of the lost time from work, medical bills, and, sometimes, funeral costs. Those dealing with these problems might want to consider a lawsuit to recover compensation from the driver who caused the accident. If you find yourself in this situation, you should contact an attorney to answer any questions you might have.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, “Driver Sentenced for Hit-And-Run Crash That Killed Teacher,” March 28, 2018