Summer Months Were the Worst Time for Hit and Run
Like all the boroughs, Brooklyn sees its share of hit-and-run accidents. Fortunately a scarcity of hit and run accidents occurred during August, September and October. However, a rash of hit and run accidents had occurred during the early summer months of June and July 2018.
Summer Hit and Run Accidents
- June 24, 2018. A female driver backed out of a parking space outside a Brooklyn laundromat and ran over a mother and her four-year-old daughter, who was riding her scooter. The mother had kneeled down to tend to her daughter when the vehicle struck them. The hospital treated the mother for minor injuries and her daughter was pronounced dead. Police apprehended the driver a few blocks away from the accident scene. She claimed she was unaware of hitting anyone. People using the laundromat had complained about the layout of the parking lot that had cars driving onto the sidewalk where people also tried to walk. (New York Post & ABC NY)
- July 1, 2018. Police arrested a hit and run driver who had crashed his van into a 32 year old co-worker and crushed him to death against the wall of a Brooklyn warehouse. Investigators thought the driver was trying to park his van on 21st Street near Fourth Avenue in Greenwood heights. The driver fled on foot afterward and several workers tried to save the victim. Paramedics rushed him to the hospital where he died. (New York Daily News)
- July 21, 2018. In Brooklyn, a minivan hit three people while the driver was driving the van in reverse. The incident was caught on video and showed the three pedestrians standing on the corner of 11th Avenue and 56th street in Borough Park on Saturday, July 21 around 6:00 p.m. After hitting three victims, who were ages 6, 55 and 64, the driver shifted gears into forward and drove away. Police located and arrested the driver. He faces charges of reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident and unsafe backing of a vehicle. All three victims were taken to a nearby hospital. (Spectrum News – NY1)
- July 28, 2018. On July 28, a hit and run driver critically injured a 57-year-old woman as she was crossing the street at a crosswalk between Avenue P and East 16th Street in Midwood, Brooklyn. A witness saw the car speeding away with damage to the car’s front end. A resident told the news reporter that she had seen a number of accidents on the road during the 13 years she had lived there. She said cars were racing day and night up and down the road. (CBS Local)
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a hit and run accident, you should seek legal help. Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP has successfully represented clients in hit and run and other types of accident cases.