BAY SHORE, Long Island, N.Y. — Suffolk County Police detectives commenced a manhunt Saturday after a person driving a rented 2020 Nissan Altima struck and killed a pedestrian on Sunrise Highway. According to a report from ABC 7, citing reports prepared by the Suffolk Police Department, the male pedestrian attempted to cross Sunrise Highway a short distance to the east of the 5th Avenue Bridge. The person driving the rented 2020 Nissan Altima bolted from the scene on foot and left the rental behind. EMS reported that the pedestrian died at the scene of the incident. Police did not publicly identify the victim until many hours after the fatal hit-and-run collision.
Suffolk County Police are still looking for the driver of a rented car who ran off on foot from the scene of the fatal pedestrian accident. The driver of the rental car slammed into a 27-year-old man from Far Rockaway. The rented vehicle was heading in a westerly direction on Sunrise Highway when it hit the male. Police are still searching for evidence to identify the driver of the rented Nissan.
Approximately six fatal hit-and-run accidents happen each day in the United States. According to an article from the Washington Post, hit-and-run accidents frequently happen — about 2,000 times per day in the country.
The psychology behind hit-and-run crashes has bewildered researchers. Scientists say that accidents can be highly emotional events. But the brain is known to take people on wild courses of action that they would not ordinarily take without adrenaline coursing through their veins. Arguments occur at accident scenes regularly for that very reason.
Fear is a dominant motivating factor that inspires people to run and seemingly act like they do not care about the condition of the others involved in the crash. Leaving, at that very moment, seems like the best option even though taking off is a crime because the driver goes into “panic” mode.
People run from accidents out of fear of greater consequences like drunk driving. As a population, we know that hitting a pedestrian while driving a car after having a few drinks will cause enormous legal problems. Escaping the consequences impels people to flee.
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