Woman Arrested After Fleeing Scene of Fatal Accident
Law enforcement officials have announced the arrest of a 57-year-old woman who has been charged with fleeing the scene of an accident in Deer Park, Long Island. The woman, Irene Caldarero, had been driving on Deer Park Avenue one Saturday evening when she allegedly struck a woman crossing the road. Rather than stopping and staying at the scene, which is the driver’s responsibility in such a situation, she reportedly drove away before police arrived.
The media has not identified the victim in the accident. Unfortunately, that person died of the injuries she suffered. There wasn’t yet a significant amount of information available in relation to the case, as police were still investigating exactly what happened.
Police do say that Caldarero was driving a blue Jeep Liberty at the time of the accident. Witnesses to the crash say that she stopped after the collision, but then fled the scene before law enforcement arrived. They were able to give officers a description of her vehicle, and an officer later found one matching the description further down the road. The vehicle was impounded after Caldarero was taken into custody.
Committing a hit-and-run is a felony, and the types of penalties that perpetrators face get even more severe when there are injuries and fatalities involved. Even if the victim was partially at fault for not being in a crosswalk, for example, fleeing the scene would essentially override that fact and result in the driver being liable for damages. Caldarero could face significant fines or jail time as a result of her alleged actions.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a hit-and-run accident, contact the experienced Long Island car accident attorneys at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP to learn more about your legal options.