The are heavy hearts in Milford Massachusetts following a hit-and-run. The victim was crossing Main Street at around 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon when she was hit by a Peterbilt tractor-trailer and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The police suspect the driver of the tractor-trailer did not realize he had hit the victim and near-by security cameras show the driver not slowing down following the accident. The driver, after being alerted by a friend that his truck was on the news, turned himself in to the police at the Middleboro State Police Barracks.
The victim served as Milford’s first female town constable, served as a reserve deputy sheriff, and had served for 27 years in the national guard achieving the rank of Sargent. This led her to be know as “Sarge” by those close to her.
As of the writing of this piece, there have been no known charges filed against the truck driver.
Federal regulations require big rigs to carry certain levels of insurance coverage, depending on the nature of the materials hauled. These regulations protect victims from owners who may not have the financial resources to pay damages out-of-pocket. An attorney’s knowledge of the FMCSA trucking regulations allows them to see if the driver is at fault for the accident. Even if an accident appears to no be the truck drivers fault, a complete review of the drivers log listing the hours on the road and an interview with the driver can provide enough evidence to bring forth a wrongful death case against the truck driver or their employer.