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Eighteen-year-old Arizona skateboarder dies after hit-and-run

When a young man or woman dies in an accident, the world comes crashing down on the family of the deceased. The loss of a loved one is never easy to accept, not only because the deceased is someone's son or daughter, but also because the loss means a substantial financial setback to the family; in most cases, the young man or woman had his or her entire life in which to earn a living for himself or herself, as well as his or her future family. The loss is tougher to accept if the victim's death was the direct result of someone else's fault.

One such fatal accident recently occurred in Arizona when, according to reports, an 18-year-old skateboarder from the state died after being involved in a hit-and-run accident in San Tan Valley, near Phoenix. Reports state that the victim was hit while skateboarding. The young man was in critical condition at the scene with multiple injuries, including head trauma, and rushed to a Phoenix hospital by helicopter, where he later died.

According to a witness, a white sports utility vehicle, which was driving very close to the sidewalk, first brushed the eyewitness's left arm and, some distance later, struck the victim a second time. Although the vehicle did not stop following the incident, thanks to public help, the vehicle was identified and the 31-year-old driver was arrested and retained by the police for questioning.

In the event of an auto-pedestrian accident, it is expected that a driver will help the pedestrian if he or she is in a position to do so. If a driver does not stop after an accident, it usually indicates that the driver's motives are questionable. As a result, laws in Arizona and elsewhere allow the victims and their families to seek compensation for the financial and emotional losses that they suffer due to injuries sustained or death following an accident.

Source: Arizona.newszap.com, "Update: Skateboarder died from injuries from Sept. 21 hit-and-run accident in San Tan Valley, PCSO says," Sept. 24, 2014

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