Whenever you decide to be on or around the roads as a pedestrian, you know that you’re putting yourself at risk. Drivers don’t always look out for you, and you could end up in a collision that you never expected. Even when you follow the rules, there’s no guarantee that drivers will stop for you.

In a worst-case scenario, a person could be killed while the driver flees the scene. It’s tragic, but it does happen, just like in this case.

In the case, a man has been charged for his involvement in a fatal hit-and-run collision in West Haven. According to the report, the man turned himself in. There was an active warrant out for his arrest. The 24-year-old man went to the police department on April 1 after learning that there was a warrant.

The young man is accused of hitting and killing a pedestrian (and retired Bridgeport police officer) in January. The 73-year-old pedestrian had to be taken to Yale New Haven Hospital following the crash, but he did not survive his injuries.

The 24-year-old man now faces charges including felony evading responsibility in a crash resulting in a death. He’s also accused of tampering with evidence.

Not stopping for someone you hit is a horrible thing to do. Families of those who have been killed and victims who suffered injuries as a result of a hit-and-run driver can pursue a claim if the driver is found. It’s your right to hold them accountable for your losses. Their actions are what put you in this difficult situation, so they should be the ones who cover your financial losses.