Teen Basketball Player Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver

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A young man—a high-school student and member of the basketball team—was walking home from a party one night. As he walked along the shoulder of the road, he was tragically hit by a driver. The woman driving the car stopped initially, and her own son recognized the young man she had hit as a classmate. However, the woman had been driving under the influence when she struck the young man. Instead of calling the police or an ambulance, she drove away. The young man she left at the scene died from his injuries.   

Although the driver did not initially admit to the accident, the police eventually located her through the damage to her car. She confessed and was ultimately tried in criminal court, but the young man’s family attended the trial and asked the court not to send the woman to jail for what happened.

Bereaved Mother Turns to Neblett, Beard & Arsenault After Wrongful Death of Son

The young man’s mother had lost her husband and another child previously, making this tragedy especially overwhelming for the family. She was having a difficult time getting help in the aftermath, and the driver who had hit her son was underinsured. The mother was overwhelmed and needed to find someone who could help her make sense of her rights and get the legal process started. She contacted Attorney William Neblett with Neblett, Beard & Arsenault to get answers.

Along with building her legal case and determining her options for compensation, Attorney William Neblett took extra time to counsel the client and comfort her. He wanted to make it as easy as possible for her to get through this traumatic time. The whole staff at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault talked with her and offered support as her case progressed.

With the experienced help of our attorneys, her case ultimately resolved for a total of $112,000, including the driver’s insurance policy limits, her own underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage, and medical payments. Although money can’t bring back her son, the compensation she received allowed her to find some relief and begin moving forward with her life. With these financial resources and practical help from Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, she was also able to memorialize her son by starting a scholarship in his name.  

Losing a loved one in an accident can leave many questions, but it is possible to get answers in a difficult time—without cost or obligation. If you need help after an accident or the death of a family member, please don’t hesitate to contact Neblett, Beard & Arsenault for a free case review and clear answers about your family’s rights.

$112,000