A fatal accident is typically overwhelming for family members. It can be especially overwhelming when they learn that their family member was struck and killed by a drunk driver. This appears to be true for a case that occurred on our New York roadways in the recent weeks. A male pedestrian was killed by an alleged drunk driver in a car accident.
According to reports, the accident took place in the early morning hours on a recent Tuesday. The accident ensued when the pedestrian was walking along the turnpike in the southbound direction. He was making his way across the lanes, but when he reached the third lane, the driver of a Geo sedan crashed into him. The pedestrian never made it to the hospital after being tragically declared deceased at the scene.
Authorities are still investigating this deadly incident. The suspect was charged with driving under the influence and at last report, was arraigned in the recent weeks. The suspect’s vehicle was reportedly taken away for inspection. No other details have been reported.
A car accident can be devastating for families and loved ones, particularly when a death has occurred. The suspect faces a criminal charge in this matter, but that may not be the end of his legal troubles. Depending on the outcome of this continuing investigation, the family members of the deceased pedestrian may wish to pursue legal action in a New York civil courtroom. A wrongful death claim may be an appropriate remedy for the surviving family to receive financial relief that is needed and deserved.
Source: longisland.com, “NCPD: Fatal Vehicular Accident in Levittown”, , April 22, 2014