Man dies after Toronto hit-and-run, driver charged

Toronto police say that a man has been charged in connection with a hit-and-run that killed an elderly man on Aug. 16. The accident happened on Kennedy Road near the intersection of Bonis Avenue around 5 a.m.

According to investigators, the 86-year-old was in the crosswalk on Kennedy Road when a male driver hit him with his vehicle and fled the scene without providing aid. The pedestrian was hospitalised but passed away from his injuries on Aug. 25. After determining the identity of the driver of the car, authorities detained the 47-year-old man and charged him with leaving the scene of a crash causing death and criminal negligence resulting in death.

When someone dies in a pedestrian accident, the surviving relatives might be reimbursed for damages through their insurance company or from the at-fault party under the Family Law Act. Some of the damages that they may be able to recover are the loss of household income, funeral and burial expenses and related out-of-pocket costs. The survivors could also be reimbursed for the cost of travel and accommodation to visit their loved one if the individual was hospitalised prior to passing away.

Compensation for the loss of companionship, guidance and care might be awarded to the survivors as noneconomic damages. If the survivors need counselling to cope with the loss of their loved one, the expense for that may also be paid. Additional financial support could be available to reimburse the survivors for the household services that their loved one provided. The survivors may receive further compensation for lost income if they had to care for their loved one after the accident injury and before death.

Source: e-Laws – Ontario, ‘Family Law Act”

Source: AM640, “One Man Charged Following Fatal Hit and Run in North Toronto“, Nicole Bauman, August 29, 2014