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76-year-old dies in pedestrian-car accident

A New Hampshire pedestrian was hit by a motor vehicle in a 7-Eleven parking lot on a recent Tuesday. Tragically, reports now indicate that he did not survive his serious head injuries. Doctors reported his death the morning after the car collision occurred.

Allegedly, the 76-year-old man was walking through the parking lot to his car when a 16-year-old driver crashed into him. At this time, no charges have been filed, and police do not suspect that drunkenness or speed played a role in the crash. However, authorities continue to investigate the circumstances of the crash.

In the state of New Hampshire, pedestrians typically have the right of way, and motor vehicle drivers must keep an eagle's eye out to avoid hitting a pedestrian. Especially in parking lots, where motor vehicles and pedestrian share the same stretch of space, drivers must be on high alert for avoiding a car accident with one. Indeed, one simple mistake in a parking lot can mean the end of an adult or child's life in a heartbeat.

In this case, like other pedestrian car accidents that occur in New Hampshire, friends and relatives of the man who died will have to deal with the pain of his untimely loss for the rest of their lives. Because of the circumstances under which this accident occurred, authorities may wish to look at the teenager's cellphone records to determine if he was text messaging, operating his phone or engaging in another kind of distracted driving leading up to the crash. Such evidence would serve to bolster any kind of wrongful death claim that family members may ultimately decide to pursue.

Source:  Daily Journal, "Man struck by car as he leaves 7-Eleven in Manchester" No author given, Jun. 04, 2014

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