The distraught father of a 22-year-old autistic man is suing a Charleston group home after his son was killed in a hit-and-run accident.
According to reports, the man had attempted to wander off several times before, but the group home had never increased his supervision. The man might have been confused, because he usually spent the weekend with his father, but the trip had been canceled after his father fell ill.
A passing driver discovered the man, clad only in a t-shirt and underwear, critically injured on the side of the road. He was transported to the hospital, but eventually died from his injuries.
Police later arrested a 19-year-old Hollywood man, and charged him with leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury and death. The father has filed a civil suit against the teen driver, accusing him of drinking before the fatal crash.
Sources close to the case say that the young man was sweet, gentle and “fully capable of enjoying life” before he was killed. The man’s father is suing the group home for wrongful death, claiming its negligent supervision directly caused the young man’s death.
Did Negligence Cause My Loved One’s Injuries?
When families trust their relatives to a nursing home or group living situation, they trust that facility with their loved one’s health, safety and wellbeing. These businesses must be prepared for the fact that some disabled patients will need different levels of care and supervision.
The young man was alive when the second driver discovered him. If the hit-and-run driver had called for an ambulance, he might have saved the man’s life.
Reckless drivers can cause extensive damage, and they only compound the problem by fleeing the scene. Their refusal to take responsibility for their actions can cost others their lives.
Proffitt & Cox, LLP – Columbia Injury Lawyer