A New York man struck by a speeding minivan has died, according to local news reports. The fatal accident happened in Brooklyn on the night of June 28 outside a popular bar. The man deemed responsible for the accident has been arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
According to witness statements, the 32-year-old victim left the bar around 2:45 a.m. after having consumed only a single drink. He was walking to his vehicle when a white minivan veered into the opposing lane and struck him head-on. The force of the impact threw the man onto a nearby median, and the driver apparently fled the scene.
The man was rushed to a local hospital but succumbed to his injuries a short time later. Police caught up with the driver, a 50-year-old local resident, at his home a few hours later and arrested him. Apparently the driver has a considerable criminal record. No court date has yet been set to determine his fate, but if he is found guilty, it seems likely he will face jail time.
Apart from the criminal charges, the family of the deceased victim may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the accused driver. Any evidence gathered by New York authorities in the criminal trial related to the fatal accident can be offered as supporting evidence in a wrongful death suit. Such a suit would be handled separately from a criminal court in a civil court setting.
Source: New York Daily News, “Man killed by hit-and-run driver in Brooklyn“, Denis Slattery, Joseph Stepansky, Barry Paddock, June 28, 2014