Smithfield, NC (November 8, 2021) – At 9 p.m. on the night of Monday, November 8, a man was killed in a fatal pedestrian accident in Smithfield.
According to police, the accident happened at 400 West Market Street. A male pedestrian, identified as 72-year-old Fernando Suarez, was walking in the area when he was suddenly struck by the driver of a Volkswagen Jetta. The driver of the Jetta immediately fled the scene of the accident.
Paramedics, fire crews, and numerous other responders were called to the scene to help those in need. Suarez was severely injured due to the accident. He was tragically pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Jetta has since been found by police. She has been identified as 30-year-old Antwanette Ruffin, who was charged with felony hit-and-run leading to death.
Due to the severity of the accident, the roadway was blocked in the area for a period of time.
No further details have been released but the investigation continues.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.
Pedestrian Accidents in North Carolina
Pedestrians are some of the most at-risk parties on our roads in North Carolina. Many people are seriously injured or even killed in pedestrian accidents every year throughout the state. In just one recent year’s time, in fact, over 100 people lost their lives in pedestrian accidents due to the recklessness of others. Drivers are expected to watch out for pedestrians on our roads at all times. However, this does not always occur. This means that pedestrians will lose their lives in the blink of an eye every single year. If you have sustained the loss of a loved one in a fatal pedestrian accident, you should speak with an attorney that you can trust.
Nobody is ever fully prepared to face the aftermath of a pedestrian accident, especially if you have sustained the loss of a loved one. Because of this, you should be prepared to immediately seek the assistance of a Smithfield pedestrian accident attorney who has your best interests in mind. As you are grieving the loss of a loved one, you may wonder how you will afford to pay the bills that pile up against you. You should never have to worry about these aspects entirely on your own. It is important that you speak with a Smithfield wrongful death attorney as soon as possible.
Smithfield Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Our accident attorneys at Ricci Law Firm, PA are here to help you move forward after you have sustained the loss of a loved one. We understand how overwhelming a fatal accident can be on both emotional and financial levels. Our attorneys will stand by your side and help you navigate the legal system for the first time after a fatal pedestrian accident. We will help you work toward the compensation you deserve for a wide array of aspects. Please contact an accident attorney in Smithfield at (252) 777-2222 for more information on how we can assist you every step of the way.
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