As New Jersey motorists struggle to find gas to fill their tanks after Superstorm Sandy, some have opted for alternative forms of transportation. Many have had no choice but to walk instead of drive, which may be good exercise, but is not without its own risks.
Pedestrian accidents were a problem even before Sandy, as an accident that occurred in Newark late last month demonstrates. The crash injured not one, but three people as they walked along a street on a recent Saturday night just after midnight. Two of the three women, both 19, were using the sidewalk while the third woman was walking in the street but staying close to the curb. A pickup truck traveling in the same direction came from behind and struck the 21-year-old woman who was walking in the roadway.
The collision seriously injured the woman, but it also hurt the two women on the sidewalk when flying debris struck one of the women in the back of the head and the other in her lower leg. The driver failed to stop, however, and continued down the road. It was only after witnesses who managed to catch the truck's license plate number and report the accident to police that the driver was found. Police tracked him down at his home, where he was still sitting in the truck parked in the driveway. The 46-year-old Newark man has since been arrested and charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.
The injuries of the two women who were walking on the sidewalk are fairly minor; one refused treatment at the scene while the other was treated at a nearby hospital and released. But the woman who was struck first suffered severe head and internal injuries. Treatment of these injuries won't come cheap, and the man accused of hitting her may be required to pay for her medical expenses in addition to any criminal charges he faces. Whether or not the driver or the accident victim has access to gas after the giant storm, neither of them may be able to get behind the wheel again for quite some time.
Source: Post Online, "Police: Man arrested for pedestrian hit-and-run," Oct. 22, 2012
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