Pennsylvania car accidents are a staple of our Erie injury lawyer blog. Family and friends sometimes find their way here, too. It is a sad day, however, when the two subjects intersect as they do today.
Yesterday, a dear friend of the family was seriously injured in an unusual Pennsylvania pedestrian/auto accident while she was walking on a sidewalk in her neighborhood. The Erie pedestrian accident occurred in the 700 block of Japan Street near 10:15 a.m. when an SUV traveling on Japan Street struck a downed utility wire which subsequently tripped our friend. The fall caused our friend to strike her head and she is now in intensive care at UPMC Hamot with a serious brain injury.
The driver of the SUV drove away, ultimately heading west on Sixth Street in Erie, PA. It is not clear from the information currently available to us if the driver knew that our friend had been tripped and injured as a result of hitting the utility wire and we are hopeful that the hit-and-run was an innocent one in the sense that the driver didn’t realize he or she was leaving behind a seriously injured victim. We hope the driver will read this blog or the related news reports and realize his or her involvement and report themselves to the police.
Any one with information about this accident is encouraged to call Erie police Sgt. Jeff Annunziata, a Pennsylvania car accidents investigator, at 870-1419.
In the meantime, our family’s thoughts and prayers are with the innocent victim of this tragic accident.