A man has been critically injured after being struck by a vehicle in the Bronx in the early morning of Sept. 17, according to local sources. New York police arrested the driver involved in the car accident, who is suspected of drunk driving. However, they have not yet filed any charges against him.
The details of the accident are not entirely clear as of this report. However, it has been confirmed that around 3 a.m., a 30-year-old man was walking at the time of the accident, which involved a sedan driven by a 28-year-old man. Apparently, the driver was headed northbound when he struck the pedestrian.
The extent of the pedestrian’s injuries have not been made public at this time, but he has been described as being in critical condition. He was rushed to a local hospital for treatment. In the meantime, the driver was stopped by police, who administered a Breathalyzer test. The results of that test have not been publicized, but the man was subsequently arrested.
If police choose to file charges against him, particularly if the charges involve drunk driving, a date in criminal court will be booked to allow the man his constitutional right to face those charges. In addition, even if police do not move forward with criminal charges, the injured man is entitled under New York law to file a personal injury lawsuit to attempt to sue for damages he suffered in the car accident. While criminal charges and/or convictions are not necessary for a civil suit of this type to be filed, police evidence implicating the driver would strengthen the civil case.
Source: NewYork Daily News, “Pedestrian, 30, in critical condition after BMW strikes him“, Aidan McLaughlin, Sept. 17, 2016