TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA – A University of Alabama student has been charged in Saturday’s hit and run incident that left Ole Miss fan Greg Smith dead. Smith, 35, was crossing University Blvd. in Tuscaloosa with friends around 1:30am when a car struck him and drove away. His friends reported the incident and type of car to police, who tracked down UA student Michael Kahlolokula at a relative’s house.
Kahlolokula has been charged with a felony, leaving the scene of a car accident that caused injuries. Law enforcement officers suspect the student drove away because he was under the influence of alcohol and wanted to avoid arrest. Because police arrested Kahlolokula too long after the incident, they cannot prove he was drunk at the time of the accident.
Hit and run car accidents are especially tragic when they cause wrongful death, as in this case. Unfortunately, families are too often unable to determine the party responsible for the hit and run car accident.
At Long & Long, we help families hold hit and run drivers accountable whenever possible, protecting their rights and securing fair compensation for car accident injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit and run car accident, please contact the car accident lawyers of Long & Long today to discuss your case.