GLEN COVE, NY- Longisland.news12.com, a 70-year-old woman was arrested in connection with a deadly hit-and-run accident that took place last week. The driver, 70-year-old Carol Cashman of Locust Valley is now facing charges for “leaving the scene of a fatal accident.”
The arrest comes after an investigation was conducted into a hit-and-run that occurred on Wednesday in Glen Cove. According to police, the victim, a 72-year-old man, was crossing the street when he was struck and killed by Cashman.
Cashman is reported to have remained at the scene initially but then left after the police arrived at the scene.
Hit-and-run crashes take place frequently, and the victims of these accidents are often pedestrians and cyclists. Drivers who flee the scene are often in violation of other laws making them more likely to take the chance of running.
In many cases, the driver who strikes a victim is the only person around who can offer the injured person aid. Because of this, fleeing the scene puts the victim in an even more vulnerable position.
Unfortunately, many hit-and-run drivers are never caught and never face justice for their actions. In New York City, even drivers who cause severe injuries or deaths frequently get away and are never caught.
States have taken several approaches to attempt to lower the number of hit-and-run drivers. Many places have increased the legal penalties for fleeing the scene of a crash. This is important because some hit-and-run drivers were faced with a perverse incentive to flee resulting from the fact that being caught drunk driving was a more severe punishment than leaving the scene of an accident. New York also started a program that notifies people in the area of a hit-and-run crash so that the public can help law enforcement track down the suspect.