The family of a woman severely injured in an hit-and-run accident recently laid her unborn child to rest in a Wisconsin cemetary this month, nearly losing the mother as well.  While charges have been filed against the man responsible for the wrongful death of the child, it’s not clear whether the family will seek civil action  once a conviction has been made.

The auto-pedestrian accident occurred at the beginning of this month near the corner of Locust Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in Milwaukee when a vehicle suddenly swerved and jumped the curb, slamming into the woman who was nine months pregnant at the time.

The 24-year-old driver had initially fled the scene but called emergency dispatchers 15 minutes later to report the hit and run. He later admitted to police the he had been speeding through the intersection, trying to outrun a yellow light when the fatal crash occurred. When police performed a check of his driving record they realized that he was driving on a suspended license, an offense he had been convicted of ten times before.

He recently appeared in court where a judge charged him with four serious criminal complaints, including entitled homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. He remaining three charges are likely driving on a suspended license, reckless driving, and fleeing the scene of an accident resulting in injury or death. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison for his crimes. Until then, he is being held on a $250,000 bond and awaiting trial.

As for the mother, she is still recovering in a local hospital from her injuries. Family members told reporters recently that even though she is recovering from her physical injuries, the emotions associated with losing what would have been her first child are definitely taking their toll.

Source: WISN News, “Man accused of hitting pregnant woman with car appears in court,” Hillary Mintz, May 10, 2013