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Long Island High School Student Suffers Critical Injuries in Pedestrian Accident

A ninth-grade student at Oceanside High School was critically injured after being struck by a car the morning of Friday, September 8.

According to Nassau County police detectives, the driver was a 63-year-old man who was behind the wheel of a 1998 Lexus. He was reportedly heading east on Foxhurst Road shortly before 7:20 a.m. and allegedly hit the 14-year-old girl, who was walking near Foxhurst Road and Harvey Avenue. The girl suffered severe trauma from the impact and was transported to a local hospital, where she was listed as being in critical condition.

The driver stayed at the scene and was not immediately charged with a crime. However, officers had embarked on investigation immediately afterward.

Pedestrian accidents usually the fault of the driver

In most cases, it’s the driver who is at fault for a pedestrian accident. This is always the case if the pedestrian was using a crosswalk legally or had the right of way at the time of the collision, or if the victim was walking on the sidewalk or a dedicated pedestrian walkway.

There are exceptions to this rule, including when pedestrians move across an intersection on a “Don’t Walk” sign or when jaywalking outside a marked intersection. However, even if the pedestrian was breaking the law, it’s still the responsibility of motorists to slow down or stop if they have enough time to do so.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may need to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages. Learn more about your options by consulting a skilled personal injury attorney with Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP.