When people in the city are out walking around and sharing the roads with vehicles, they tend to understand that they are encountering some level of risk. They need to be able to trust that motorists will follow traffic laws and avoid mistakes. Few if any people would ever consider themselves to be in danger when standing on a sidewalk. Tragically, a woman who was doing just that was hit and killed yesterday in a Queens pedestrian accident when a motorist jumped the curb and crashed into her. Police do not suspect criminality with regards to this incident.
According to the authorities, this Queens pedestrian accident occurred last night at approximately 11:35 p.m. An unidentified 60-year-old woman was standing on the sidewalk on Jamaica Avenue near Sutphin Boulevard when suddenly, an 85-year-old male driving a Chrysler sedan lost control of the vehicle and ran up onto the sidewalk. His car slammed into the woman and she was killed instantly. The driver remained at the scene of the crash and he was not arrested.
New York Pedestrian Accident Statistics
First and foremost, we’d like to offer our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the woman who was killed in this Queens pedestrian accident. Losing a life in this manner is truly a tragedy, and we hope that the family comes together to work through this terrible loss. In addition, this crash will now become part of the overall statistics regarding New York pedestrian accidents. Every year, more than 15,000 of these crashes occur, leading to nearly as many injuries and to more than 300 fatalities.
New York Wrongful Death Lawyers
Assuming the information regarding this Queens car accident is accurate, then even though the driver will not face criminal charges he could still face a New York wrongful death lawsuit if the family of the woman who was killed decides to take such a step. If they do and their case is successful, the family could be awarded damages that compensate them for their losses.
If you have lost someone you love in a crash, you need to seek the help of New York wrongful death lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of suffering families for more than 40 years. Contact The Fitzgerald Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.