A recent hit-and-run accident that left a grandfather dead and a baby injured took a new turn when a woman who believes she may have been the at-fault driver surrendered to police, according to recent reports. However, Galina Kilova spent a mere 12 hours in jail before posting bond and being released. She was also arrested in 2007 for DUI and other related charges and prior to turning herself in paid an outstanding fine from a July traffic incident.
The woman’s attorney contacted police to say that his client would surrender in connection with the accident in which a dark gray Honda Civic hit Michael Grubbs, 63, as he pushed his one-year-old granddaughter in a stroller along South Rainbow Boulevard. Grubbs was killed instantly and the baby suffered minor injuries. The investigation into the case is ongoing, and no deals have been made in exchange for the woman’s testimony.
Hit-and-Run: A Problem in Las Vegas
Las Vegas seems to have more than its share of hit-and-run accidents, particularly as the pedestrian population in the city is so high. In fact, pedestrian accidents occur at a higher rate in Las Vegas than in many other major cities.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association or NHTSA reports that about 11 percent of all accidents involve hit-and-run drivers. These drivers are often drinking or have no license or insurance, so it makes sense to them to try to avoid arrest. There is speculation, due to Kilova’s past record, for example, that she may have been drinking at the time of the crash and fled to sober up before turning herself in.
Unfortunately, even if the driver is caught by police or turns himself or herself in, hit-and-run drivers often have few assets and no insurance to pay for damages. They may spend time in jail as a result of a criminal conviction but it may seem impossible to collect compensation for the victims.
What Should I Do If I Am The Victim of a Hit-and-Run?
It is actually possible that there may be other sources of compensation for the victims in a hit-and-run accident, even if the driver is uninsured. In order to explore all possibilities, it may help to retain a personal injury attorney such as those at Bernstein & Poisson. Our experienced attorneys can help you discover any sources of compensation possible to help you pay for your medical bills and other expenses.