Brooklyn, as well as the other boroughs of New York, have significant feet traffic. Because it is more convenient and affordable to walk and take public transportation, the sidewalks and crosswalks are often filled with pedestrians. As such, motorists need to be aware of their presence and drive with caution. Unfortunately, some drivers fail to drive safely, resulting in serious and fatal pedestrian accidents.
Fatal pedestrian crash
Brooklyn experienced two fatal late-night crashes, occurring just hours apart. One of the crashes involved a pedestrian and a motor vehicle at the intersection of Rockaway Parkway and Lenox Road. In this crash, a 54-year-old man was crossing Rockaway Parkway when he was struck by a BMW heading south.
Authorities reported that the driver of the vehicle did not stop following the crash and drove away from the accident site. The struck pedestrian suffered severe trauma as a result. He was transported to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. This accident remains under investigation, and the vehicle or the driver of the BMW have not been located at the time of this reporting.
Pedestrian accidents can be very tragic, especially when the driver involved does not remain at the scene of the accident. A hit-and-run crash cane be a difficult incident to navigate, especially when a loved one was killed in the accident. In these matters, it is best to become aware of one’s rights and options, understanding the process of filing a civil action when the driver is located. Hit-and-run crashes can be difficult to handle, as there are many unanswered questions and unknowns. Nonetheless, it is still possible to prepare of a wrongful death action during the investigation process.