Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Drunk Driver in Hit-and-Run

According to the Herald-Banner, the mother of a drunken hit-and-run victim is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver, Brandon Keith Burcham.

Seeking More Than $1M in Damages

Burcham, 31, is currently in lockup at Hunt County Detention Center in Greenville, Texas, where he faces charges of intoxication manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident involving death, and leaving the scene of an accident involving damage to a vehicle, according to the Harold-Banner.

The Harold-Banner reports that the hit-and-run accident occurred last month in Greenville when an intoxicated Burcham struck and killed James Wylie, 59, near the 7600 block of Wesley Street.

Wylie’s mother, Myra McQueen of Purcell, Oklahoma, filed the wrongful death lawsuit with the 196th District Court on September 14, seeking in excess of $1 million in damages for her son’s death, according to the Herald-Banner. McQueen claims Burcham was negligent in the accident that left her son dead.

No indictment has been made against Burcham regarding the case.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • In 2014, there were 4,884 pedestrians killed and an estimated 65,000 injured in traffic crashes in the United States.
  • On average, a pedestrian was killed every 2 hours and injured every 8 minutes in traffic crashes.
  • More than two-thirds of the pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2014 were males.
  • Eighteen percent of the pedestrians killed in 2014 were struck in crashes that involved hit-and-run drivers.
  • Alcohol involvement – for the driver and/or the pedestrian – was reported in 48 percent of the traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian fatalities in 2014.
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