A Cortlandt man has been hospitalized after reportedly being struck by a car around 8:20 p.m. on Nov. 19. New York authorities have not charged the driver involved in the car accident with a crime, but they are still investigating. The street where the collision took place was closed for several hours to facilitate that investigation.
Preliminary reports suggest that a 66-year-old man was traveling eastbound when an uninvolved second vehicle cut him off in an aggressive manner. The driver was, therefore, unable to avoid striking the 79-year-old pedestrian who was in the process of crossing the street at the time. The second driver did not remain at the accident site.
The 79-year-old man was rushed to a local hospital with unknown injuries. His condition was listed as stable at the time of this report. The driver did not report any injuries, and it appears he cooperated with authorities on the scene. Police do not believe the man was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. However, their investigation is still ongoing at this time.
It seems possible in this case that the driver involved in the car accident will be spared criminal charges due to the involvement of the second vehicle that may have precipitated the accident. However, New York traffic law may still afford a civil case enough evidence that the man should have been able to stop before striking the pedestrian. If this is the case, the man could sue for personal injury.
Source: cortlandt.dailyvoice.com, “Pedestrian Hospitalized After Being Struck By Car In Cortlandt“, Robert Mikulak, Nov. 20, 2015