When New York police are called to an accident scene, they often encounter challenges in trying to determine what or who exactly caused a specific collision to occur. Detectives who began preliminary investigations after a recent hit-and-run accident are still working on the case, which resulted in tragedy. A 44-year-old man was struck by a motor vehicle and rescuers did all they could to save the man’s life.
The victim was transported to a hospital
Police say that they did their best to help the pedestrian. He was transported to a hospital for further care. Sadly, hospital officials later reported that the man had succumbed to his injuries.
The driver of the vehicle fled the scene
If a driver is involved in a collision, he or she is required to remain on-site for law enforcement authorities to arrive. The driver that struck the pedestrian was nowhere to be found when investigators arrived. Police have since located the person they believe was driving the car and have placed the 23-year-old man under arrest.
Criminal charges have been filed against the driver
In New York, it is a Class D felony for a driver to leave the scene of an accident that resulted in death. Police say such charges have been filed against the man regarding the recent fatal hit-and-run crash. When a loved one has been killed in a collision, the surviving family might have grounds to file a wrongful death claim if driver negligence is determined to have been a causal factor in the death.