Vehicular accidents can happen in an instant. The most common form of traffic accidents are vehicle-to-vehicle, but bicycles and pedestrians could also be involved in accidents with a motor vehicle. Drivers, passengers and even bystanders may sustain injuries as a result. Pedestrians and bicyclists that are hit by cars often suffer severe injuries, leading to temporary or permanent disability and death.
Such is the case of a recent fatal accident on Staten Island. According to local police officers, a 34-year-old woman was walking with two children, ages 4 and 7, when they were hit by a car. The driver then left the scene of the crash.
The 7-year-old and the woman, luckily, sustained minor injuries. However, the 4-year-old child was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. Following the fatal crash, authorities apprehended the driver who had left the scene. The driver is a 33-year-old Staten Island man. He is now facing charges for leaving the scene of the accident.
Car accidents, like this, continue to claim lives across the country, leaving family members grieving from the great loss. In this case, an innocent child was robbed of his future because of the apparent negligence of the driver who struck them. Such recklessness is likely punishable under criminal law and will bring some sense of justice to family members of the deceased.
Nonetheless, justice alone will not bring closure to a family that has experienced such incredible pain and suffering. A wrongful death lawsuit may be filed in accidents that have resulted in the death of a person.
Source: ABC News, “NYC man arrested in accident that killed child,” Aug. 11, 2013