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Pedestrian accident kills 1 man

New Jersey residents are used to walking to stores or taking public transportation, so you're probably more used to hearing about pedestrian accidents. However, if you've been hurt in one, you know there is no excuse for the negligence that ended up hurting you. In this shocking situation, a pedestrian was killed by an allegedly negligent driver who drove up onto a sidewalk, and the family may now want to seek damages.

In this pedestrian accident, a 54-year-old man was waling on a sidewalk in Old Mill Road when he was struck and killed. The March 31 report states that the man was simply walking down the street when an out-of-control vehicle being driven by a 71-year-old man jumped the curb and hit him. The man from Great Neck, New York, was pronounced dead shortly after the accident, which took place around 9:35 a.m.

In accidents like these, it's not always obvious why the car lost control. The 71-year-old may have been struggling with a health issue or could have simply been distracted. Despite this, he's still legally obliged to drive safely, and jumping a car up onto a sidewalk is just not safe. The man losing control caused the 54-year-old to be killed, and now his family members have to deal with the effects of that action for the rest of their lives.

The accident is under investigation, according to the police on the scene and news reports. The news claims that, so far, no charges had been filed immediately, but that doesn't mean that charges can't be filed later in the future. It can take as long as the investigation takes to conclude for charges to be placed, especially if the family is looking for legal representation. Charges can even be placed after the investigation closes if new evidence is discovered.

Source:  NJ Herald, "Police: LI pedestrian killed when car jumps curb" No author given, Mar. 31, 2014

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