A 37-year-old Smithtown physical education teacher was jogging along southbound Lake Avenue in Saint James when he was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, later identified as a 32-year-old Mattituck man. The accident happened on southbound Lake Avenue north of Oak Street when the 32-year-old driver’s 2014 Nissan sedan struck the 37-year-old teacher. The 32-year-old man then fled the scene of the accident. The teacher was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Police were able to track down the 32-year-old hit-and-run driver who was traveling eastbound on the Long Island Expressway. The hit-and-run driver was pulled over by a 7thPrecinct officer in Manorville near Exit 69. The driver was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He was held overnight with his arraignment scheduled for the following day.
The Dangers of Jogging Along Roadways
Pedestrian accidents are on the rise nationwide, and innocent people are dying every day for simply choosing to walk or jog outside. Jogging along a trail would be ideal for most people; however, in urban areas, sidewalks and streets are the only options. As such, joggers have no choice but to share the roadway with other drivers.
If a jogger is struck by a vehicle, the likelihood of sustaining severe injuries or death is relatively high, especially given that joggers have no way to protect themselves or avoid moving out of the way of a vehicle. Common causes of pedestrian accidents are preventable and include, among others, distracted driving (i.e., texting), drunk driving, speeding, and failure to yield.
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