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Man Charged with DWI After Striking Pedestrian on Long

Police in Fort Salonga recently arrested a man who was involved in a car accident that led to the death of a pedestrian on Long Island.

The 69-year-old man was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) after striking the pedestrian, who was walking along Sunken Meadow Road. The accident occurred the afternoon of Friday, September 29.

The 58-year-old pedestrian was reportedly pushing a stand-behind lawn mower outside his home along the road when the vehicle struck him. He was immediately transported to the hospital, where he passed away from his injuries. The driver was scheduled for an arraignment the next day. His vehicle was impounded for a safety check.

Drunk drivers assumed liable for crashes

In most personal injury claims connected to car accidents, the person who files the claim must prove the at-fault party was negligent. However, if the person who caused the crash was convicted of impaired driving, he or she would be automatically presumed to have been negligent. This significantly eases the burden of proof on the plaintiff.

An individual who injures another person in a drunk driving accident likely faces both criminal and civil ramifications. The criminal penalties for DWI causing injury or death can include significant prison time and large fines. These consequences would be separate from any compensation the at-fault party would have to pay for any injuries or property damage in a civil claim.

For further guidance on how you can proceed with a claim against a drunk driver, consult an experienced auto accident attorney with Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP.