One of the most disheartening things about car and pedestrian accidents is that they can happen in the most unexpected places, at the most unexpected times and to the most unexpected people. While people generally expect fender-benders and spinouts on Delaware’s icy winter roads, most probably don’t anticipate they could be struck by a car while at their own mailbox. Unfortunately, that’s what happened to a former Delaware State Representative earlier this month.
Incidents involving pedestrians can be some of the deadliest car accidents during any season. On January 26, former state lawmaker Benjamin Ewing was looking over the damage done to his mailbox, which had been hit by a snowplow earlier. A 60-year-old driver behind the wheel of a Mazda CX5 reportedly struck the former Delaware State Police officer while he was in Federalsburg Road; he was pronounced deceased at the scene by paramedics.
A Collision Reconstruction Unit is performing an accident investigation. When pedestrian accidents claim a life, the family of the victim is likely to want to know exactly how an accident transpired, and a thorough investigation can help determine the causes of a crash. For families who need answers, a Wilmington auto accident attorney can provide investigative resources, compassionate guidance and personalized legal information.
Pedestrian strikes can be devastating as well as costly. The former lawmaker of Bridgeville will be missed by many, as media reports indicate he was known for caring about his supporters and a long legacy of public service. Of course, every life is invaluable and when one is taken too soon, it can be overwhelming to think about moving forward. For those who have been affected by a negligent driver, distracted driver, hit and run or other pedestrian accident, seeking legal help may make a positive difference during a difficult time.
Source: WDEL 101.7, “Former downstate Delaware lawmaker killed in accident,” Shana O’Malley, Jan. 26, 2016