New York City police took a 36-year-old man into custody on March 13 after he struck and seriously injured a 17-year-old boy in the Bronx. Eyewitnesses told responding NYPD officers that the man’s truck had been speeding and ran a yellow light immediately before striking the boy. The accident took place at the intersection of Barretto Street and Southern Boulevard in Longwood at approximately 8:38 a.m.

Police say that the man had been involved in another auto accident earlier in the day. The man is said to have left the scene after striking a parked car on Bruckner Boulevard. After striking the teenage boy, the man’s truck hit a parked vehicle. The force of the impact was so severe that the truck and parked vehicle both mounted the sidewalk. The parked vehicle was pushed into the front of a beauty salon. No injuries were reported at the beauty salon.

Responding emergency services personnel transported the critically injured teen to Lincoln Medical Center for treatment. It was reported that he was on his way to a nearby high school and was crossing the street in a marked crosswalk when he was hit by the truck. The truck driver, who was reportedly not in possession of a valid drivers license, suffered minor injuries in the crash. He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken into custody.

Pedestrians struck by motor vehicles often suffer catastrophic injuries and may be unable to work for lengthy periods as they undergo expensive medical treatment and prolonged physical therapy. Reckless or impaired drivers involved in pedestrian accidents may face severe criminal penalties. A personal injury attorney may bring a civil action on behalf of those who have suffered injury, loss or damage.

Source: CBS New York, “Teen Critically Injured After Being Struck By U-Haul Truck In The Bronx,” March 13, 2015