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Hit-and-Run Driver Tracked Down After Fatal Manhattan Collision


The days and weeks after hit-and-runs can be incredibly difficult for injured pedestrians in Manhattan. First, these individuals may struggle with life-threatening, disabling, and painful injuries. Next, they must face the uncertainty of their situation. Will they ever find out who caused their life-altering injuries? Will they ever achieve justice and closure? Perhaps most importantly, will they ever receive the compensation they need to cover their medical bills, missed wages, and other damages? A recent case in Manhattan provides some hope.

Police Locate Hit-and-Run Suspect within Two Days of Pedestrian Fatality 

In March of 2024, police officers responded to a reported hit-and-run in Manhattan and discovered a severely injured pedestrian. Although this individual was rushed to the hospital, he ultimately passed away from serious head trauma. Officers then determined that the man had been struck by a dark SUV. The driver of this vehicle did not stop, offer aid, or provide any information to witnesses. In other words, this was a clear-cut hit-and-run.

It only took the NYPD two days to locate the suspect. The individual, who hails from Brooklyn, was taken into custody and charged with numerous offenses – including leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. Police also discovered that he was operating his vehicle without a valid license. An investigation is still underway, but this individual may face serious criminal penalties for his actions.

Why Is It Important to Locate Hit-and-Run Suspects After Fatal Pedestrian Crashes?

Locating a hit-and-run suspect and bringing them to justice will not bring back deceased pedestrians. However, it can provide justice, closure, and potential compensation. After a fatal pedestrian collision, families can file insurance claims and injury lawsuits on behalf of their deceased loved ones. This may provide compensation for funeral expenses, missed wages, emotional distress, unpaid medical costs, and many other damages.

A family may have the ability to simply file an insurance claim through a PIP policy. However, this may only provide a certain amount of compensation due to policy limits. In addition, there is no guarantee that the deceased pedestrian will have held a valid car insurance policy prior to their death. This is why locating the negligent hit-and-run driver can be beneficial. Filing a claim against their policy is one potential source of additional compensation. Alternatively, a family could sue the driver directly to recover compensation.

Key Takeaways 

  • Hit-and-run suspects are often located by the NYPD
  • Locating a hit-and-run suspect may allow families to access more compensation
  • If you cannot locate the suspect, you can still file a no-fault claim for compensation

Find a Qualified, Experienced Pedestrian Accident Attorney in Manhattan 

If you’ve been searching for a qualified, experienced New York pedestrian accident lawyer, look no further than Cohan Law, PLLC. Over the years, we have helped numerous injured plaintiffs seek compensation for their pedestrian accidents. We know how distressing these incidents can be – particularly for victims of hit-and-runs. Recent reports show that these criminally negligent drivers are often brought to justice by the NYPD. While you wait for the authorities to catch the suspect, consider a consultation with us to discuss your legal options.



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