Charges Filed in Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash Involving Long Island Jogger
A driver has been arrested and charged in conjunction with a hit-and-run accident that resulted in the death of a Long Island jogger.
The accident occurred in the early afternoon of Sunday, July 14. According to police, the 37-year-old victim was running on the shoulder on Lake Avenue in St. James when he was hit by a 2014 Nissan sedan. The 32-year-old driver of the sedan fled the scene after he allegedly hit the jogger, who would be pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
Police later found the driver heading east on the Long Island Expressway and pulled him over in Manorville, where he was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He was scheduled to be arraigned the following morning in Central Islip.
Drivers must remain at scene of an accident
All parties to an accident must, by law, remain at the scene until police arrive. A failure to do so could result in criminal misdemeanor charges of leaving the scene of an accident. Those charges become more severe in the presence of aggravating factors, such as an injury or death. Leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious injury or death could also lead to felony charges in some situations.
Even if police are unable to immediately find the hit-and-run driver, you still have options for receiving compensation for your injuries and losses if you were the victim. To learn more about how you should proceed in this situation, meet with a skilled personal injury lawyer at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia LLP.