The New York Police Department confirmed that a driver received criminal charges after a fatal hit-and-run accident that occurred on Nov. 20. The accident resulted in the death of a teenager from the Kensington neighborhood of Brooklyn. The driver, who is also a Kensington resident, was charged for felony leaving the scene of an accident causing serious injury.
The fatal car accident happened at approximately 5 p.m. while the victim was attempting to walk across East 7th Street near Caton Avenue. When a 78-year-old woman turned left onto East 7th Street, she struck the teenage pedestrian with her Chevy Impala. The woman then reportedly left the scene of the accident in her vehicle without stopping.
After the accident, the victim was quickly transported to Maimonides Hospital where officials pronounced him dead. Police were able to locate the at-fault driver's vehicle the same day as the accident, and the woman was taken into custody. Along with the charge for felony hit-and-run, the woman received traffic citations for failure to exercise due care and failure to give right-of-way.
Family members who have lost a loved one in this way may choose to pursue a civil action suit against the driver at fault. Since gathering the appropriate evidence for this sort of lawsuit might be stressful, a family could choose to enlist the help of an attorney. In addition to building a strong claim against the liable party, an attorney may help the family pursue the maximum amount of compensation that they are entitled to receive.
Source: DNAinfo New York , "14-Year-Old Boy Killed in Brooklyn Hit-and-Run, Police Say", Sybile Penhirin , November 21, 2014