Hit and run pedestrian accidents in Philadelphia

Two separate hit-and-run accidents involving pedestrians have left a four-year-old boy dead and a mother and her young son critically hurt in Philadelphia. Both incidents happened last night, with the fatal accident occurring in Southwest Philadelphia and the second injuring a young mother and her two-year-old son as they were crossing the street in the city’s Fairhill section. In both cases, the drivers of the vehicles fled the scene. Police are investigating. 

Bar found liable in drunk driver crash

A woman who lost her leg and suffered other injuries when her car was struck by a drunk driver has won a $2.7 million jury verdict – against a bar at which the drunk driver was a customer. The accident occurred in 2011 in Medina County, Texas, when the intoxicated patron drove the wrong way down Interstate 35 after leaving the Southside Bar & Grill. A lawyer for the injured woman said the verdict “sent a message that overserving intoxicated patrons is a serious problem that bars will be held accountable for,” according to a news report of the case.

Jury strikes hard against drunk driver

The plaintiff’s lawyer wanted to “send a message” that would be a deterrent to drunk drivers, and a jury in Tennessee obliged – handing down a $9.25 million verdict against a man who drove while intoxicated and slammed into another car driven by a high school honor student. The Chatanooga jury ordered Kevin Davis to pay $500,000 in compensatory damages and $8.75 million in punitive damages. The defendant, according to news reports, downed a half bottle of Southern Comfort before getting behind the wheel two days before Thanksgiving in 2008.