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Driver caught after fleeing scene in fatal pedestrian accident

Pedestrians in Newark and throughout New Jersey are vulnerable to injury and death if they are on the wrong end of a confrontation with a car. When a person is hit by a car, there can be severe injuries with lifelong consequences. Often, these accidents are fatal. The crash is bad enough, but it is worse when pedestrian accidents become a hit-and-run. The expenses and aftermath often require legal help to be compensated.

A 23-year-old man was killed after he was hit by a car that subsequently fled the scene. The accident occurred not long after midnight. Law enforcement was called to the scene and found the man had died. Law enforcement's investigation discovered that the man had been hit by a 2007 Ford Escape. It threw him into a parked car. He was declared dead at the site of the crash. An accident reconstruction was done by several different law enforcement agencies and it was found that the driver of the Ford hit several parked cars in another area of the state. He was found and arrested on charges of death by auto.

If a pedestrian survives a collision with an automobile, he or she will be lucky if they suffer only minor injuries. The reality is that when these crashes occur, the overwhelming likelihood is that there will be serious injuries such as broken bones, head injuries, spine injuries and internal damage that make a hospital stay necessary, surgical procedures unavoidable, and the possibility that care will be needed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With a fatality, the family left behind will need to move forward without a loved one and must face all the financial and personal issues that accompany that.

Drivers are expected to stay at the scene of an accident, render aid if possible, call for emergency assistance, and provide all the necessary information. If they do not, it is a shirking of responsibility and will invariably result in criminal charges. A person who was injured in a pedestrian accident and the family of a person who died needs to know how to pursue compensation for all they have lost. A lawyer is essential to filing a claim.

Source: tapinfo.net, "Elizabeth Man Charged with Death by Auto After Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Strike," May 13, 2017

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