Man Charged with Fleeing Scene of Deadly Pedestrian Accident
Homicide detectives in Nassau, New York, recently arrested a man from Hempstead and charged him with fleeing the scene of a fatal accident he allegedly caused the morning of January 10.
According to police, the 21-year-old man was arraigned in Hempstead’s First District Court and held on $15,000 bail or $30,000 bond. The man reportedly struck a female pedestrian with his 2001 Mercedes Benz in Nassau, then left the scene without calling for emergency assistance. When law enforcement authorities finally did arrive, the victim was already dead from her injuries.
Although it is unclear if the accident was even the man’s fault, it is illegal to leave the scene of a crash in the state of New York. Fleeing the scene of an accident causing injury or death is often a felony, and convictions could result in jail time and large fines.
What to do after a hit-and-run accident
If you are involved in a hit-and-run accident, it is important to try to remember as many details as you can about the circumstances, a description of the vehicle and any other relevant information. Witnesses could also play an important role in helping law enforcement officers track down the guilty party. If police cannot locate the hit-and-run driver, you may need to seek compensation through your own insurance provider.
All motorists have a responsibility to look out for pedestrians, even outside of marked crosswalks. To learn more about your options if you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, meet with a dedicated personal injury attorney at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP.