The man has been charged with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, first-degree assault and two counts of misdemeanor assault for allegedly striking a mother and her two children in Northport, Alabama. An 8-year-old girl died in the accident and her mother and sister were injured.
The accident took place just after the first day of the Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show came to a close. The mother and two girls were walking down a street in Northport when they were struck by a GMC Sierra pickup.
The 65-year-old man continued driving for about 100 yards after he struck the family, according to police.
The criminal charges that this man faces are serious and he could face jail time if convicted. It has not been reported whether he will also face personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.
Personal injury and wrongful death are civil claims that allow victims of accidents to obtain compensation from the party who caused the accident. Compensation can be obtained for medical or funeral expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering among other things. Of course, neither these civil actions nor the criminal charges will lessen the family's emotional anguish in this case. However, these actions can help bring justice as well as allow car accident victims to not be overburdened by the financial costs related to a fatal car accident.
Source: AL.com, "Man indicted in post-air show collision that killed 8-year-old girl," Chris Pow, Oct. 10, 2012