On Aug. 4, an 18-year-old man was killed in Saline County in what was described as a 'hill jumping" accident. The teenager was reportedly a passenger in an 18-year-old friend's Ford F-150 when the friend attempted to perform a stunt. Following the accident, the deceased teen's father told a local reporter that he hopes other thrill seekers will learn from the accident and make smarter decisions.
The fatal accident happened early in the morning at the bottom of a hill on Midland Road. Investigators say the driver was most likely traveling at excessive speeds before his truck landed sideways in a ditch and struck a tree. The man who was killed reportedly died on impact despite the use of a seat belt and a functioning airbag. A 17-year-old girl who was also in the vehicle was severely injured.
A witness who saw the crash as it happened narrowly escaped being involved in the accident as well. The witness said that though he was originally in the car before the planned stunt, he had beat on the window so that his friend would stop and let him out. Afterwards, he saw the car take off at a high rate of speed. The driver of the truck is now facing charges for manslaughter.
The family of someone killed in an accident like this might be able to seek some financial compensation for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim. An attorney may be able to help the family to gather vital pieces of evidence, like police accident reports, toxicology results and eyewitness testimony. The evidence may then be presented to a judge to prove that recklessness, carelessness or negligence of a driver resulted in the victim's premature death.
Source: KATV, "Benton teen killed in reported "hill-jumping" accident", Matt Mershon, August 06, 2014