Two separate hit-and-run accidents resulted in deaths in New York City. The fatal accidents happened within two hours of each other on the night of July 8 and the early morning of July 9. No arrests were made following either accident as both drivers had left the scene.
Bicyclist struck in Manhattan
At around 11 p.m. on July 8, a Subaru Outback fatally struck a 24-year-old male bicyclist. The accident took place on the Lower East Side of Manhattan while the victim, who was described as a food delivery person, was trying to cross East Houston Street at Attorney Street. The SUV driver was seen going north on FDR Drive after the hit-and-run while the victim was found in the street with severe body trauma.
Elderly woman struck in Queens
Around 12:45 a.m. on July 9, a sedan hit a 67-year-old woman while she was walking in Queens. The impact pushed the woman to the ground on Eliot Avenue at 70th Street, and an MTA bus then struck the woman. Emergency medical personnel found the victim with severe trauma and pronounced her dead at the scene.
Who had the right of way?
Law enforcement was not immediately aware of who had the right-of-way in either accident. Pedestrian and bicycle accidents that occur while a driver is supposed to be stopped at a red light could result in more severe punitive damages for the driver. When a driver flees the scene of an accident, the penalties can be elevated further.
If you were injured in an accident like this, you may want to talk to a lawyer about filing a personal injury claim. If the accident was a hit-and-run, you may be able to receive a settlement from your own insurance company.