Last Wednesday, the family of a pedestrian who was fatally injured last year took their case to court. On September 14, 2009, 83-year-old Lionel Speidel was crossing the street when a car struck him. The car, a Pontiac Grand Am, was being driven by a 17-year-old when the accident occurred at the 3800 block of Virginia Avenue, less than a block away from the teen’s home.
Investigators later learned that the teen had been under the influence of marijuana at the time of the accident and he was charged with involuntary manslaughter. Speidel later died in a nearby hospital. Recently, his daughters have taken on the driver and his family, filing a wrongful death suit seeking more than $50,000.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), in 2008 there were 33 fatal crashes involving pedestrians in the state of Missouri and 178 crashes that resulted in injury. WWF&G has years of experience handling wrongful death and accident cases. If you or someone you know has been involved in a pedestrian accident, please contact the law firm of WWF&G at 1-800-WWFGLAW.