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Pennsylvania girl dies after being shot in fatal accident

Readers in Pennsylvania may be shocked to learn of a horrific incident that happened recently on a weekend evening and that ended the life of a 22-year-old girl. The fatal accident occurred in northeast Philadelphia. It began when two men, one of who was the deceased victim's boyfriend, were having an argument.

Eyewitness accounts suggest that the two men were having a loud argument just prior to the fatal accident. For reasons that are unclear in early reports of the incident, one of the men pulled out a firearm. He fired the weapon, inadvertently hitting the girl in the neck. Police have yet to learn who or what was his intended target.

Medical authorities were not contacted after the fatal accident. The girl was transported to a Pennsylvania hospital in a private vehicle. Unfortunately, the victim died at the hospital shortly after arriving there.

Now the man at the center of this case faces not only criminal charges for the death of the girl, but could also be required to respond to personal injury claims for monetary damages suffered. Under Pennsylvania personal injury laws, a wrongful death claim may be available to the victim's surviving family. Such a claim can include demands of compensation for the economic and emotional losses that were occasioned by the death of the girl. Such claims are often available in this type of fatal accident, though it may do well for survivors to first make an assessment of all of the facts and circumstances surrounding the tragedy as they consider whether they wish to pursue a civil lawsuit.

Source: abc27.com, "Pa. police: Woman apparently shot dead by accident," March 31, 2013

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