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U.S. District Court Judge Killed in Long Island Hit-and-Run Accident

U.S. District Court Judge Sandra Feuerstein, who served the federal court in Central Islip for two decades, was recently killed in a hit-and-run accident in Boca Raton, Florida. She was 75 years old.

The driver was a 23-year-old woman who was, according to police information, high on drugs at the time of the accident. She was found and apprehended shortly after the accident and charged with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident with injury and hit-and-run involving death. She also struck a six-year-old boy who suffered serious injuries.

Feuerstein was appointed a federal judge in 2003 by President George W. Bush, and had a wide range of high-profile cases on her resume.

Hit-and-run accidents come with serious penalties

In every state in America, people who are parties to accidents are required to stay at the scene and wait until responders arrive, or at least exchange information with the other party/parties. A failure to do so will result in that person potentially opening themselves to misdemeanor or felony hit-and-run charges.

If the accident involved an injury or death, the penalties become much more severe, and could include felony charges punishable by significant fines and extensive prison sentences, in addition to any civil lawsuits the perpetrator might face from people to whom they caused harm.

For more information about your best legal strategies after you’ve been injured in a hit-and-run accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia LLP.