Pedestrian hit and run accidents are amongst the worst felonies because when you hit a pedestrian and fail to stop you are denying the victim the necessary aid that could save that person’s life. How could someone be so thoughtless and cold-hearted as to leave an innocent victim bleeding and dying, when the means to saving a life are as simple as applying first aid and calling 911? Hit and run accidents are the most self-incriminating of all felonies as it practically requires one to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol to decide that it’s better to ignore a person in dire need than it is to stop and save someone’s life.

63-year old James Edward Helton of Meridianville was struck by a vehicle on US. 231 north of Huntsville Wednesday morning February 2nd. in just such a hit and run accident. He was walking at 3 am along Highway 2-31/ 4-31 near Patterson Lane in Meridianville. The driver of the vehicle that struck Helton has not been found.

James served in the United States Navy and he was formerly employed with Star Market in Meridianville, and is survived by his sister: Lynda (Michael) Bowen; three nieces: Marisa (Andrew) Hardiman, Gina (Scott) Holman, Jessica (Zachary) Beaman; Great nieces and nephews: Hayden, Laney and Bryce.

If you have information on the driver or the vehicle please call troopers at 256-533-4202. If you have noticed sudden damage on the vehicle of a person you know, inquire about the cause and do not hesitate to report any suspicious behavior. If you know of someone who was driving in the area at 3:00 am, a bartender, a shift worker, or anyone who would have reason to be on the road that late at night, and has new damage to their vehicle, inquire and report to the authorities. While hit and run drivers can be difficult to find, under Alabama law, a driver who leaves the scene of an accident resulting in injury or death can be convicted of a felony. Hit-and-run drivers can be difficult to track down Have you or a loved one been seriously injured or killed while walking in Alabama? Approximately 5,000 pedestrians are killed every year in the United States. If you have been seriously injured by a negligent driver while walking along the streets of Birmingham, Huntsville or Decatur, Alabama, it is of utmost importance to call a pedestrian accident attorney now.