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New York father dies in hit-and-run crash

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A New York husband and father was killed in a hit-and-run crash on Long Island. The 50-year-old man was hit and killed while walking from a Long Island restaurant. The motor vehicle accident happened when he left his birthday celebration to move his car. Later, his wife and two daughters found his body on the road.

The Long Island man, who was responsible for the crash, was given up to up to six years in prison. Prosecutors suspect the man was intoxicated at the time of the crash, but couldn’t prove it because he had fled the scene. Consequently, the driver’s maximum prison term was far less. According to prosecutors, he could be released from prison in less than two years. Before the sentencing, the accused was sprayed with vituperative words from family members of the deceased.

Before the sentencing, the family and friends of the crash victim voiced their grief and anger at the admitted hit-and-run driver. The driver also had a long criminal record. The district attorney gathered with the victim’s family after the sentencing and said the tragedy highlighted the need for stricter punishments for drunk drivers.

Those who are legally responsible for a person’s death can be held accountable in a court of law by the surviving family through a wrongful death suit. To determine the negligence of another, it is very important investigators immediately locate witnesses and obtain statements. A legal professional should coordinate a detailed investigation into the accident and then recommend the best course of legal action to take.

Source: 
NBC, “Hit-Run Driver Sentenced in Death of Long Island Father Celebrating 50th Birthday With Family” Greg Cergol, Jul. 11, 2013

By: Howard Raphaelson

Howard A. Raphaelson founded Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm, P.C. in 1992 after graduating from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Established in New York, NY, his personal injury law firm has obtained numerous million-dollar verdicts. With over twenty-five years of experience as a personal injury attorney, he has earned a trusted reputation from his peers, judges, and top leaders, including recognition among the top 5% injury attorneys as a “Super Lawyer” (Thomson Reuters) and “New York’s Best Lawyers” (New York Magazine). View all posts by Howard Raphaelson

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