Queens Man Killed in Late-Night Hit-and-Run Accident
A 43-year-old pedestrian was killed in Queens this May after being run over by at least one vehicle. The incident took place in South Ozone Park, at the intersection of 115th Avenue and 131st Street.
The man suffered fatal injuries to his head and body in the late-night episode. While investigators were initially unsure about what happened and how many vehicles were involved, surveillance video paints a clear picture. The man, identified by neighbors as Doodnath Lalchan, was trying to cross 115th Avenue when he fell. He lifted his head in time to see a car coming at him, but was unable to move out of the way. The vehicle ran the man over and then drove away.
Other drivers drove past the man on the ground without stopping. One of those vehicles, a black SUV, came extremely close and may have also run Lalchan over. It took minutes before a driver stopped to help the man.
After a hit-and-run accident, New Yorkers are typically able to recover compensation for their medical expenses and other costs from their own insurance company. This is because New York requires drivers to carry a type of insurance known as Personal Injury Protection (PIP). Drivers need to carry $50,000 worth of this self-protecting coverage, which can also provide for expenses such as lost earnings.
Drivers are also required to carry Uninsured Motorists Coverage (UM), which pays for damages caused by a negligent driver who does not have insurance or who cannot be found. Increasing the amount of UM coverage on your policy is a small investment that can provide you with important protection in case of a hit-and-run accident.
If you have been hurt in a hit-and-run accident, seek help from a medical professional right away, and then contact us. The experienced and knowledgeable auto accident attorneys at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia help victims pursue compensation for hit-and-run accident injuries throughout New York City’s five boroughs.