Driver Arrested After Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash on Long Island
A man from Long Island has been arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in the death of a pedestrian.
According to Suffolk County police, a 25-year-old man was attempting to cross Sunrise Highway in North Patchogue in the early hours of Saturday, January 27 when he was struck by three different vehicles. Two of the drivers remained at the scene and waited for police to arrive, while the third driver fled. Meanwhile, the man died of his injuries shortly after the collision.
Police were able to track down and arrest the 29-year-old man who left the scene.
Fleeing the scene of an accident a serious issue
All motorists, regardless of their potential liability in an accident, must remain at the scene to provide any assistance needed to those who have been injured, exchange relevant information with other parties involved and wait for law enforcement officers to arrive. An individual who leaves the scene of a crash could face criminal charges, including a felony if the accident resulted in injury or death.
Furthermore, it can be incredibly frustrating for those who have sustained injuries or property damage to deal with the aftermath of a car accident in which an at-fault party left the scene. They may need to file a claim with their own insurance company to cover their medical bills and other expenses.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit-and-run accident, meet with an experienced Long Island personal injury attorney at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP to learn more about your options.