A pedestrian was killed after being struck by two vehicles in the Bronx on Sept. 28. The accident occurred around 1 a.m. when the man attempted to cross Pelham Parkway at White Plains Road.
According to police, the 26-year-old victim was crossing Pelham Parkway when a westbound livery cab hit him. The driver pulled over and called 911. Moments later, a second car, also believed to be a livery cab, hit the man as he was lying on the roadway. The second driver drove away without stopping. The Baychester victim was transported to St. Barnabas Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
The 50-year-old cab driver who stayed at the scene was not arrested or issued any traffic citations, according to a representative of the NYPD. The driver of the second car is being sought for questioning.
A car accident that causes the death of an individual may be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit, a personal injury claim brought when a deceased person can no longer represent their interests in court. In New York, a wrongful death lawsuit can only be brought by the personal representative of a deceased person's estate. A family member of a victim cannot sue unless they are also the personal representative. However, a wrongful death lawsuit may seek damages on behalf of the victim's family.
The family of a person killed in a hit-and-run accident can seek financial compensation for funeral and burial costs, medical expenses and other losses. An attorney can potentially work with their client to establish a strong case of wrongful death in the loss of their loved one.
Source: DNAinfo New York, 'Man Dies After Being Hit by 2 Cars in The Bronx, Police Say", Aidan Gardiner, Sept. 29, 2014
Source: CBS New York, "Pedestrian Dies After Being Struck By Two Cars In The Bronx", September 30, 2014