Suffolk County, NY- Dailyvoice.com writes that a woman struck a pedestrian and fled the scene of the crash, leaving the injured victim behind. The incident took place on Saturday, October 5, at about 10:30 in the evening when the driver, who was operating a Toyota Sequoia struck the victim who was walking in the roadway on 43rdStreet.
The man struck by the Sequoia was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital, where his condition was described as serious. The driver was later located and is being charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury.
Fleeing the scene of a car crash is a crime. Even in situations where the driver originally did not do anything wrong, leaving the crash site is illegal. Unfortunately, hit-and-run crashes are quite common. In many cases, the driver flees because he or she knows that they were in violation of the law. If the driver was drinking or driving on a suspended license, there is a better chance that they will feel compelled to risk running from the scene in an effort to avoid a potentially serious sentence.
In cases involving pedestrians, hit-and-run drivers make a bad situation far worse. The pedestrian often has no way to get assistance and could be incapacitated. The driver might be the only person in the area who knows that the pedestrian was hurt and who can call for help.
Hit-and-run crashes involving injuries are more common with cyclists and pedestrians than with other vehicle occupants. When a vehicle hits a vulnerable pedestrian or a person on a bike, the vehicle may have suffered little damage, making fleeing an option. When two vehicles are involved in a crash, there is a good chance that they are both damaged and that fleeing will be more challenging.
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