On Thursday, Nov. 20, around 5 p.m., a 14-year-old Kensington boy was killed when he was struck by a maroon Chevrolet Impala while walking across East Seventh Street at Caton Avenue. He was rushed to Maimonides Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

According to police, the driver of the maroon Chevy was a 78-year-old Kensington women who was turning from Caton Avenue on to East Seventh Street when she hit the teen, who was walking in the crosswalk. They say that she left the scene in her car but was later apprehended at her home.

The driver has been charged with a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident that caused serious injury. She is also charged with failure to exercise due care as well as other traffic violations.

In a situation where the driver is thought to be negligent, the family members of the decedent may want to consider filing a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death suits are filed in the Civil Court independent of any criminal charges and are intended to help the victim’s family deal with their emotional and financial losses. A judge will consider the decedent’s role in the family, the loss of future income, the pain and suffering experienced by his loved-ones and any other factors that are deemed relevant by the Court. Consulting an attorney who is familiar with wrongful death in a hit-and-run may provide a good source of support and guidance. An attorney can likely advise family members on the best course of action to take in their specific circumstances and assist them through an emotionally difficult and trying time.

Source: DNAinfo New York , “14-Year-Old Boy Killed in Brooklyn Hit-and-Run, Police Say“, Sybile Penhirin , November 21, 2014