In an example of how many people can contribute to the circumstances of a wrongful death, a wrongful death lawsuit in California includes the driver, her parents, and a sheriff’s sergeant.

The original incident occurred in 2010 when the driver, a young female criminal justice student, hit the bicyclist from behind. She eventually called 911 to report that she thought she’d hit a dog. When questioned, she admitted to stopping and seeing the body in her rear-view mirror, then fled the scene. Witnesses at the scene wrote down her license plate number and gave it to the highway patrol, which tracked her to her home.

This is where other people get involved. According to the complaint, the driver allegedly called her mother immediately to tell her that she’d hit someone, but instead of calling 911 immediately, she drove to her parents’ house before making the call. The sheriff’s sergeant was allegedly at the house when highway patrol officers arrived and asked the officers not to perform chemical tests.

Although only the driver was involved in the actual death of the bicyclist, the family is seeking damages from all parties for a number of items, including conspiracy to intentionally inflict emotional distress.

If you have lost a loved one, a wrongful death lawsuit can help you seek compensation for all involved in not only the death, but the emotional injury associated with your loss.

To learn more about your legal rights and options, please contact Robert W. Kerpsack, CO, LPA in Columbus for a free case evaluation.