Cody Hadley, 25 years old from West Haven, Utah, was declared dead on May 28, 2010, following a Utah pedestrian accident, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. According to reports, the man was hit by a Dodge Dakota pickup truck early in the morning on Friday was he walked along the edge of the road on a dark stretch near his home in West Haven. Hadley was said to have been wearing dark clothes at the time and is reported to have been walking partially in the southbound lane of 3500 West when he was hit. Police say the driver didn’t see him in time, nothing that there were no streetlights along this stretch. No citations were issued.
I first send my sincere condolences to the family of Cody Hadley. It’s especially tragic when someone so young gets sent out so early from this life.
From a legal standpoint, there remain, at least for me, questions that need to be answered. For example, was this man really walking in the road? Was he walking with traffic or against it? What does the investigation show as far as footprints that may be visible in the dirt or road? Why was he out this early in the morning? Why was the motorist out this early in the morning? Was the motorist distracted? How much light was there? Were there malfunctioning streetlights that should have been on? Was alcohol or other controlled substances involved?
Many questions need answering in this case. I would recommend that the family contact an experienced Utah wrongful death attorney-lawyer to get answers to these and other questions before they put the issue of whether the motorist contributed to this crash to bed.