Man Charged After Injuring Two Pedestrians in Long Island Accident
A 25-year-old man from Long Island was charged after allegedly fleeing the scene of an accident he caused that resulted in injuries to two pedestrians, one of whom was left in critical condition.
Suffolk County police investigated the crash for weeks after it happened in Bay Shore on Monday, February 3, ultimately finding and arresting the suspect on Thursday, February 20. According to the police who investigated the accident, the two pedestrians were walking north on the sidewalk of Fifth Avenue in the tow. Before they were able to cross Fairtown Road, they were hit by the vehicle heading north on Fifth. One suffered life-threatening injuries, the other suffered a minor injury to his left foot.
After striking the two pedestrians, the driver then fled the scene, heading east on Fairtown Road. He was later charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious injuries.
Hit and runs have serious consequences
Drivers who commit hit-and-run accidents can expect to see some significant penalties if caught, in addition to the civil lawsuits they face from injured parties. Fleeing the scene of an accident is considered a misdemeanor even without injuries, but if the accident resulted in injury or death it turns into a penalty that can result in large fines and potential prison time depending on the severity and the presence of any aggravating factors, such as alcohol use or a history of vehicular crime.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident caused by a driver who left the scene, you still have legal options for an auto accident claim. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia to learn more.