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South Carolina woman killed in hit-and-run

On the morning of Oct. 25, a South Carolina woman was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Sumter. The woman was crossing Calhoun Street on her way to Tuomey Hospital to visit a friend who was recovering from surgery when she was struck by a vehicle that drove off.

Police have released a sketch of the driver wanted in the fatal hit-and-run car accident. The drawing appears to be a woman in her 20s or 30s and police believe she was driving a dark vehicle, which may have damage to one side.

While waiting for someone to admit the crime, the accident victim's family has been stricken with grief. The family said finding out the identity of the driver will give them the chance to forgive, and that's what they want.

The family says the 70-year-old was the centerpiece of their family, and the woman's husband often finds himself speechless when thinking about the tragedy. The couple had been married for 39 years and the husband said losing his wife created "a tremendous void."

Hit-and-run accidents are not only devastating for victims and their families to endure, they also make it difficult to collect compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish and other economic losses.

Oftentimes, in hit-and-run accident the person at fault was a drunk driver or someone who was driving without a license or insurance. Even if the driver is eventually caught, he or she may not have insurance to cover the victim's bills.

However, people who are involved in hit-and-run accidents are often able to collect compensation from their own car insurance providers. Talk to an experienced personal injury law attorney for more information.

Source: WISTV, "Victim's family asks driver to come forward in deadly hit-and-run," Nov. 4, 2012

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