Driver Charged in Hit-and-Run Crash in Jericho
Police arrested a driver who allegedly left the scene after causing a fatal accident on the Jericho Turnpike on Tuesday, March 15.
According to law enforcement, Jordan Solomon of Forest Hills was driving his sedan heading west on the Jericho Turnpike when he collided with a 29-year-old motorcyclist who was also heading west on the road. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead of his injuries at the accident site. Solomon then left the scene. Police located him shortly after the accident near an entrance to the Long Island Expressway when his vehicle broke down.
Solomon was charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a fatal accident, manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter and assault.
Drivers expected to stay at accident site
All drivers are required by law to remain at an accident site involving potentially serious injuries or damage to a vehicle until police or medical responders can arrive to assist. A failure to do so is a criminal offense.
That criminal offense rises in severity when a person leaves the scene of an accident involving injuries or fatalities. In such a case, leaving the scene can be classified as a felony, punishable by significant fines, prison time and loss of driving privileges.
Leaving the scene of the accident can increase the sentence of someone charged with driving while intoxicated or another motor vehicle offense.
For more information about the legal options you have available to you if you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a person who fled the scene, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia LLP.