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Millcreek, UT (October 30, 2022) – A 60-year-old man died after he was struck by the driver of a vehicle as he crossed a road in Millcreek on Saturday, October 28th.  

Police were dispatched to the scene in the 3000th block of South Highland Drive at about 9:15 p.m. 

According to a spokeswoman for the Utah Police Department, the driver hit the pedestrian while he was trying to cross the street.

The victim was taken to a local hospital where he passed away from his injuries.

The driver stayed on the scene and cooperated with the investigation.

Officers do not believe impairment played a role in the incident but toxicology tests are being performed on both the driver and the victim.  

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.

Pedestrian Fatalities in Utah

Those who are entitled to benefit from a wrongful death claim are clearly outlined under Utah law. Those who were close to the deceased, or who were financially dependent on the deceased, are the only ones who can bring this kind of claim. 

In many cases, those who pursue financial compensation following a wrongful death are immediate surviving family members, such as a child or a spouse. If the deceased had no immediate family, however, then financial dependents and extended family may have a valid case  

Extended Family

Extended family members include blood relatives who will act as the victim’s heir. Adult children, spouses, parents, and other dependents also fall under the umbrella of extended family. In the event that the deceased has no immediate family members or financial dependents, then extended family members might be able to sue for wrongful death. 

Immediate Family

In wrongful death cases, members of the victim’s immediate family will take precedence. If any other family members, such as parents or siblings, attempt to file for wrongful death, immediate family members will be considered first. Spouses, children, adopted children, and life partners are considered immediate family and are entitled to file a lawsuit against the person or persons responsible for the wrongful death of their family member. 

Financial Dependents

Even though immediate family members will take priority, all dependents are eligible to seek compensation. A person who was financially dependent on the deceased is entitled to pursue financial compensation. Since the deceased was supplying and, presumably, planned to continue to supply economic resources to their dependent, that dependent should continue to obtain the financial help they were offered. 

If you lost a family member in a personal injury accident, contact our Utah wrongful death lawyers at 801-350-3506 to schedule a free case evaluation.

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