SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY – According to Longisland.com, a pedestrian died after being hit by a car in Ronkonkoma. The victim was identified as 46-year-old Christopher Grassia. The vehicle that hit Grassia was traveling northbound. Grassia was found by a passerby who called emergency services at about 12:20 a.m. The vehicle that struck the victim was described as a blue Dodge Ram pickup truck.
The police say that the vehicle likely has damage on its front end as a result of the crash. Grassia was likely hit sometime between 7:20 in the evening in on February 14 and 12:20 on February 15.
The physician’s assistant pronounced Grassia dead at the scene of the collision.
Hit-and-run crashes plague many parts of the country and this type of accident has been referred to as an epidemic because of the rising number of hit-and-run deaths that have been occurring across the country in recent years.
In New York, the city has been fighting against unsafe driving and dangerous road designs as part of the Vision Zero initiative. Each year since the program began, the city has experienced fewer overall traffic-related fatalities. The stricter traffic law enforcement and the improved infrastructure has helped make the roads safer. Unfortunately, while overall traffic deaths are down, hit-and-run crashes still occur in shockingly high numbers.
The reason many drivers flee the scene of accidents that they caused is that they are in violation of another law. Many of these individuals cause crashes after using alcohol or drugs. These drivers may fear the hefty legal penalties they may face for causing a crash. Oftentimes these drivers are never apprehended and are able to get away without retribution for their actions.
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