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New Jersey man charged in fatal hit-and-run crash

In our last post we discussed the fact that drivers who hit pedestrians often avoid being charged. But there are cases in which it's clear that a driver broke the law. If a driver is convicted of a crime, it could have an effect on any civil action that an accident victim or a victim's family pursues.

Hit-and-run accidents are a good example. When there are witnesses to a crash and a driver leaves the scene without communicating or rendering aid to the other people involved, that driver stands a high risk of being prosecuted. For example, a New Jersey man accused of fleeing the scene of an accident that killed a pedestrian on Tuesday of this week was arrested later the same day. He was arraigned on felony charges of leaving the scene of an incident without reporting.

The crash happened at an intersection in Midtown Manhattan as the Bayonne man was making a right-hand turn in a privately owned dump truck. A 69-year-old woman crossing the street he was turning onto was struck by the truck, but the man continued driving. There were several witnesses to the crash, one of whom told the driver he had hit a woman, but that didn't stop the man from leaving. New York police detectives eventually located the dump truck and the driver in New Jersey, and after questioning him and investigating the crash further, they arrested and charged the man.

The hit-and-run charge doesn't spell an automatic victory for the victim's widower, however. If he hopes to gain any compensation for her death, he'll need to file a civil lawsuit. But many times a criminal conviction and an effective personal injury attorney can lead to a successful outcome.

Source: The New York Times, "Truck Driver Arrested in Fatal Hit and Run in Midtown," J. David Goodman, Feb. 6, 2013

  • Our firm handles wrongful death lawsuits and other personal injury matters for residents of New York and New Jersey. To learn more about our practice, visit our website's wrongful death page.

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