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UPS truck involved in fatal accident in Roanoke, Virginia

When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, the injuries and damages can be catastrophic. When the vehicle involved in such an incident is a large truck, serious injuries or death are not surprising results. For one man, who was walking on Elm Avenue in nearby Roanoke, Virginia, a run-in with a UPS truck turned out to be a fatal accident.

According to police, the man was walking along Elm Avenue near downtown the evening of Monday, Feb. 24. The accident occurred in the 300 block of the street at around 6:30 in the evening. During emergency response and investigation of the scene, authorities set up a detour at Elm Avenue and 4th Street.

According to authorities, the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. The man was hit by a UPS truck, though police are still investigating the cause of the accident. In the days following the incident, police slowly released additional information, including the name of the pedestrian.

Police have also stated that alcohol may have played a role in the accident. There was some indication at the accident scene that the pedestrian, who was a 44-year-old man, may have been drinking at the time the accident occurred. Investigators are awaiting toxicology reports and have not clarified what role drinking may have played in the accident.

In a pedestrian accident, drinking on the part of the pedestrian would not necessarily remove liability on the part of the driver. After a fatal accident, a detailed investigation is the first step in determining cause and fault related to the incident. Following that, family members should consider all the facts and legal options when deciding whether to seek compensation via a personal injury suit.

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