A late evening accident left a 42-year-old Bohemia man with fatal injuries. The man was walking along Oakdale-Bohemia Road on the Sunrise Highway overpass when he was struck by a Nissan Altima traveling southbound. The 42-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
According to police, the 24-year-old Sayville driver of the Nissan Altima initially fled the scene of the accident but later returned to the scene approximately 20 minutes later. Currently, no criminal charges are pending. However, an investigation into the accident is ongoing. As such, it is unclear whether the 24-year-old man will face criminal charges as the investigation unfolds.
Never-Ending Pedestrian Accidents Continue to Plague Victims Nationwide
New York is no stranger to daily pedestrian accidents, many of which result in severe injuries or death. However, the entire nation is experiencing an influx of pedestrian accidents, with few answers as to what steps should be taken to reduce the prevalence of pedestrian accidents. Given the sheer volume of traffic in New York, accidents are bound to happen, but many accidents are preventable, especially accidents involving pedestrians.
Causes of pedestrian accidents are wide-ranging, but many involve inattention, whether a driver is distracted or a pedestrian. In many cases, a driver is in a better position to avoid an accident than a pedestrian who may not be able to get out of the way in time. Additionally, while inattention is certainly a key factor that contributes to numerous pedestrian accidents, dangerous intersections, and a lack of safe crosswalks play a role in many accidents.
For example, if pedestrians do not have a nearby crosswalk or intersection to cross the street safely, they may choose to “jaywalk” and cross anywhere that is most convenient. As such, many pedestrian accidents may be preventable not only with careful and attentive driving but also with the addition of enough safe passages for pedestrians, especially in New York City, where many residents rely on only their feet to get from point A to point B.
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