Long Island Woman Charged With Leaving Scene of Accident Resulting in Serious Injuries
A 67-year-old woman from Long Island was recently charged with fleeing the scene of an accident that resulted in a serious injury to a pedestrian.
According to police, the accident occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 5 in Copiague. Suffolk County Police responded to the scene and conducted the subsequent investigation into the accident.
At the time of the crash, the woman was driving her 2005 Toyota Sequoia west on 43rd Street close to Atlantic Street when she suddenly struck an adult man walking in the roadway. She did not remain behind at the scene of the accident. The victim was ultimately found and transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, where he was treated for serious injuries. Police were able to later find and arrest the woman at her residence, and then impounded her vehicle for inspection. She was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving an injury.
Hit and runs become more serious with injuries or deaths involved
All parties are required by law to remain at the scene of any accident they’re involved in. A failure to do so results in the person leaving the scene opening themselves up to a misdemeanor criminal charge of leaving the scene of an accident.
Hit and run accidents can rise to the level of felonies if there are serious injuries or deaths involved. This means a person found guilty of hit and run causing serious injury or death could face prison time in addition to significant fines.
For more information about how to proceed if you’ve been injured in a hit and run crash, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia LLP.