A woman in Brooklyn is dead following a hit-and-run, according to local police. New York authorities are still searching for the driver of a minivan that precipitated the fatal car accident that claimed the life of a 59-year-old woman. They have asked for the support of the community in tracking down this individual and bringing them to justice.
The accident report indicates the woman was attempting to cross a street with the aid of a walker when the crash occurred. The woman was crossing the intersection of 9th Avenue at 42nd Street around 12:30 a.m. when a minivan operated by an unknown individual northbound on 9th apparently struck her. It was not reported whether the woman was in a crosswalk at the time of the collision.
The driver made a right onto 42nd and fled the scene without stopping to render assistance. The woman was rushed to a local hospital with critical injuries, but she was pronounced dead upon arrival. Police have not yet found the person driving the van, and it is unknown if they have any leads at this time. Anyone with knowledge of the accident has been asked to notify authorities.
If the individual responsible for this tragic car accident is tracked down, that person will likely be charged, in the very least, with leaving the scene of a fatal crash. Separately, New York law will entitle the family of the deceased woman to pursue a wrongful death suit against that driver. While civil in nature and not dependent upon a criminal conviction or charge, such a suit may rely on much of the evidence gathered in a police investigation.
Source: pix11.com, “Woman fatally struck in hit-and-run accident while crossing street in Brooklyn“, Andrea Cavallier, Sept. 6, 2015