A 57-year-old Staten Island woman was run down by a hit-and-run SUV driver as she crossed the street on Cary Avenue, walking home from church. In her final moments the heroic grandmother was able to bravely push her 8-year old grandson to safety. The 40-year-old male driver had spent the afternoon drinking in a baseball stadium luxury box watching the Mets game at Citi Field before he got behind the wheel of his SUV. Five hours after the accident he turned himself in.
In New York, as in most states, hit-and-run is a very serious charge, especially when there is a death or an injured victim. It is always required to stop, give personal information and offer help at the scene if necessary. Oftentimes, however, drivers attempt to leave the scene of accidents they cause, most commonly in parking lot collisions. Never hesitate to contact Hecht & Hecht to consult with an experienced attorney if you or a family member is a victim of a negligent hit-and-run driver.