Driver in Fatal Long Island Hit-and-Run Crash Found, Arrested
Suffolk County police recently reported the arrest of a 25-year-old man who is a suspect in a fatal hit-and-run accident that recently occurred on Long Island.
The Westhampton Beach man was charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. According to police, he fled on foot after he drove off the roadway and hit a utility pole. A 28-year-old male passenger was pronounced dead at the scene, while another passenger sustained serious, but non-life threatening, injuries.
Hit-and-run accidents may result in felony charges
Anyone who is involved in an auto accident must, by law, remain at the scene, even if he or she did not cause it. A person who leaves the scene of an accident can, at the very least, be charged with a misdemeanor.
The penalties for fleeing the scene become even more significant if the crash resulted in an injury or death. A felony hit-and-run conviction may net the offender prison time and huge fines.
There are some challenges associated with hit-and-run claims on the part of the victims. Obviously, law enforcement must be able to track down the suspect before civil action can be taken against that person. However, the basic premise of the case remains the same — anyone filing an accident claim must be able to prove liability on the part of the defendant.
For tips and information on how you should approach your personal injury claim after you’ve been the victim of a hit-and-run crash, consult a knowledgeable auto accident lawyer with Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia LLP.