Police Arrest Suspect Allegedly at Fault for Hit-and-Run Crash in Brentwood
Police in Long Island recently arrested a man suspected of causing a fatal hit-and-run accident in Brentwood in late March. The 54-year-old man was charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.
The accident occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. Friday, March 24 on Washington Avenue. According to a Suffolk County Police Department official, a 41-year-old man was walking south when a car hit him, with the force of the blow killing him instantly. Investigators determined the force of the impact was so intense that it caused the victim to fly several feet through the air. He was left lying in the northbound section of the street, where a woman accidentally hit his body minutes later. She stayed at the scene and called 911, later describing the experience as “traumatizing.”
Witnesses saw the suspect’s vehicle speed off and could provide a description to police officers. They said he was traveling much faster than the 30 mile per hour speed limit in the area. The witness description was enough to find the suspect.
Hit and run is a serious offense in New York
Whenever a car accident occurs, all drivers involved must remain at the scene and wait for police and/or emergency responders to arrive. In this case, the driver who allegedly sped off broke the law. If the suspect arrested is indeed the person responsible for the crash, he could face jail or prison time and large fines, among other potential criminal penalties.
For more information on how to proceed after a crash you believe a negligent driver caused, speak with an experienced auto accident lawyer at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP as soon as possible.