A Greenville, SC woman was recently killed after she was hit by an SUV while raking leaves in her yard.  The Greenville County Deputy Coroner says that the driver of a Mercury SUV lost control and swerved into the 77-year-old woman’s yard at around 2:00 p.m. The police report that the SUV driver had been closely following another vehicle, over-corrected, hit a tree and struck the woman.

She had been working in the yard with her husband, who saw the vehicle approaching and yelled to his wife to flee. He was able to get out of the way; however, his wife was struck.  Unfortunately, she was pronounced dead at the hospital several hours later.

The South Carolina Wrongful Death Statute, S.C.Stat. Ann. 15-51-10 states as follows:

“whenever the death of a person shall be caused by the wrongful act or default of another and the act, neglect or default is such as would, if death had not ensued, have entitled the party injured to maintain an action and recover damages in respect thereof, the person who would have been liable, if death had not ensued, shall be liable to an action for damages, notwithstanding the death of the person injured, although the death shall have been caused under such circumstances as make the killing in law a felony.  In the event of the death of the wrongdoer, such cause of action shall survive against her personal representative.”

If you or a loved one has been killed in an accident, you may be able to collect for Wrongful Death.  Contact the law offices of Reeves Aiken & Hightower for a consultation.  You can contact our South Carolina, Baxter Village Office at 803-548-4444, or toll-free at 877-374-5999.  We know a death in the family can be traumatizing, and we are here to help you.