We, like everyone in the Swindon community, were shocked to hear that a 14-year-old boy was tragically killed in a ‘hit and run’ incident near a secondary school last Friday morning (25 November 2022).
The teenager was knocked down by a car on Akers Way – close to Nova Hreod Academy – and was rushed to hospital in Bristol by air ambulance but sadly died from his injuries.
A woman has now been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and has been released on conditional bail pending further enquiries. Wiltshire Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the collision and asking for anyone with information to call 101.
Anna Cole, a personal injury solicitor from our Swindon team, who has many years’ experience helping road accident victims and their families, says:
“Our thoughts are with the boy’s family and friends who will be utterly devastated by their sudden and tragic loss. The fact that this was a ‘hit and run’ incident and the driver has been arrested will be incredibly traumatic for his loved ones.
“Unfortunately, hit and run accidents are far too common. Sadly, we are often contacted by people whose lives have been ruined by a hit and run driver who has fled the scene of an accident. The offending motorist may be uninsured, driving under the influence of drink or drugs, or driving a stolen car.
“Family members are left reeling when a loved one’s death is caused by dangerous driving and the situation is even harder if they suffer financial losses as a result, for example, if they are left unable to work, or they relied on their loved one’s income.
“As specialist road accident claim solicitors, we provide essential support to bereaved families so that they get the justice and maximum compensation they deserve.
“While seeking compensation after the untimely death of a family member will be the furthest thing from people’s minds in the immediate aftermath of a fatal hit and run accident and no amount of money can replace a loved one, it can provide some much-needed financial help. Our caring, friendly, professional team offer expert legal advice, helping bereaved families to cope and navigate their way through a deeply distressing time.”
If you need expert legal advice after the death of a family member, Novum Law’s specialist team are on hand to discuss your situation. It is free to have an initial chat with us and if we think you have grounds for a compensation claim, we can support you on a No Win No Fee basis. Contact us on Freephone 0800 884 0777, email email@example.com or complete our online enquiry form.