A man was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Marble Hill in Upper Manhattan on Feb. 23. Police are looking for the vehicle, described as a Dodge Magnum and the driver, who left the scene of the accident.

According to police, the fatal car accident occurred around 7 p.m. at the intersection of 225th Street and Broadway. A 38-year-old Cortland Manor man was walking on 225th Street, headed west, when he was struck by a vehicle travelling south on Broadway. A witness described hearing a boom and then realizing the boom had come from the impact and that a man was lying across the street. The witness never even saw the vehicle.

After the hit-and-run accident, the man was transported to New York Presbyterian Hospital for treatment, where he succumbed to his injuries a few hours later. Police blocked off the area as they canvassed for clues into the accident. It was unknown why the vehicle had struck the pedestrian, but in similar cases, impaired driving due to alcohol or drugs, distracted driving and speeding have all played a role.

Though in this case the driver has not been identified, the family of a victim killed in a hit and run might await the results of the police investigation to see if the driver is identified and then decide if they want to file a wrongful death claim. A personal injury lawyer might help put together a claim for the family that shows negligence on the part of the driver, using the driver’s actions of abandoning the scene of the crime as well as information from the police investigation as evidence. A successful claim might result in monetary awards for both economic damages, such as funeral and burial costs, and non-economic damages, such as loss of companionship.

Source: CBS New York, “Man Killed in Hit-and-Run in Marble Hill,” Feb. 23, 2015