Hit-and-Run Driver Leaves Teenager With Brain Injury
There are few types of car accidents in Philadelphia that are harder to understand than hit-and-runs, especially where someone is critically injured and needs medical attention right away. It is unbelievable that someone could cause an accident and then leave the scene without making sure the others involved are alright.
It is especially hard to think about someone hitting a pedestrian with their vehicle and then taking off, knowing that he or she could have inflicted major damage on that person and that he or she may be in need of medical attention. Yet this is exactly what happened when a driver hit a 16-year-old who was walking not far from his home. Instead of stopping to help the young man, the driver left the scene. Authorities eventually arrived to help the teenager. His injuries were so severe that he had to be taken via helicopter to a trauma center.
The teenager’s father and brother saw the flashing lights and activity going on near their home and went to investigate. When they arrived at the scene, they talked to an EMT and told him that the teenager had been walking around the area. The EMT confirmed their worst nightmares, that it was their loved one who had been involved in the accident.
The young man suffered a traumatic brain injury, spinal and bone fractures and a torn aorta. He has surprised his doctors by making an amazing recovery so far. Doctors told his family that they believed he only had a slight chance of making it through that first night.
The parents of this teenager may wish to consult with an attorney who may be able to help them receive compensation for their son’s injuries, pain and suffering and medical expenses.
Source: CNN, “He’s going to be better than he was before Stephanie Smith,” Jan. 18, 2014