Living in a major city like New York means that individuals are often walking in areas where there is much traffic. While it is easy to get used to the constant traffic, the fact of the matter is that motorist may not always be aware of their surroundings and the pedestrians around them. Failing to see and stop for a pedestrian, whether they are in a crosswalk or not, could result in a serious or even fatal collision.
A fatal hit-and-run accident recently occurred in Harlem. The victim of the crash was a father of six, and he was struck and killed in front of his family, as they were celebrating at a birthday party at the time. The collision occurred around 2 a.m. and happened near the intersection of Adam Clayton Powel Jr. Boulevard and West 127th Street.
Authorities believe that the driver of the automobile was traveling west of West 127th Street, making a left onto Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard when the motorist struck the 29-year-old man. The stuck victim was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Initial investigation revealed that just before the accident happened, the victim was trying to break up a fight, and when he walked away to cool off after the debacle, the vehicle hit him. Investigation is still ongoing and authorities are still on the lookout for the vehicle that fled the scene.
A hit-and-run crash can leave a person with a lot of question. In the event of a fatal hit-and-run, the loved ones of the deceased are faced with these difficult questions. As a means to gain closure and recover damages for losses suffered, loved ones could file a wrongful death claim.