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Charges against a driver increased after pedestrian's death

If you have a loved one who is hurt in a car accident and recovers for many months only to pass away later, the car accident can have several implications for your family. One is the pain and suffering you and your loved one went through. Another is the extended cost of medical care for that individual. Lost wages are higher, and then, of course, the death itself can be devastating after such a hard fight to recover.

In cases where a driver was negligent and caused an accident, charges can be changed if a person initially survived but later passes away due to the accident. That's what happened in this case out of New Jersey. A 66-year-old man was critically injured in November, and he lived until February 2016. He had been struck by a 19-year-old man who then left the scene of the crash.

The 66-year-old man had been hospitalized from the time of the accident; he was treated at various hospitals until his death in February. What this death means is that the driver, initially charged with leaving the scene and causing serious injuries, could now be looking at a hit-and-run charge for leaving the scene of a crash resulting in a death. That charge can land a person in prison for up to 10 years.

Another person, a passenger in the vehicle, was also arrested and charged in November for endangering a seriously injured person. Shockingly, a video of the accident showed at least one of the men getting out of the vehicle and looking back before deciding to leave the scene.

Source: NJ.com, "Charges upgraded for teen driver in fatal Jersey City hit-and-run," Patrick Villanova, The Jersey Journal, Feb. 17, 2016

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