One person was killed and another was injured after a pedestrian accident in Staten Island, authorities said. According to police, the June 9 incident took place on the sidewalk of southbound Hylan Boulevard near Cleveland Avenue at approximately 1:40 p.m.
A 2005 Honda Accord was reportedly traveling south on Hylan Boulevard when it jumped onto the sidewalk, where two women, ages 31 and 20, were reportedly walking to a doctor's office. Authorities pronounced the 31-year-old woman dead at the scene of the crash. According to authorities, the 20-year-old woman suffered minor injuries and was transported to Staten Island University Hospital for treatment.
Following the pedestrian accident, police took the driver of the Honda, a 23-year-old man, into custody. Police allege that he had narcotics in his possession as well as a tourniquet bandage and a spoon with drug residue on it. Police charged the man with aggravated unlicensed operator and drug-related offenses.
Pedestrian accidents are likely to result in serious injuries or even death. This particular case illustrates that reality. Families who lose a loved one in a pedestrian accident are often left to cope with economic stress besides their emotional anguish, especially if the decedent had contributed income to the family household prior to death. However, certain family members of deceased victims may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim against the party responsible for the fatal accident, seeking restitution for the economic and noneconomic damages the family members suffered.
If successful, victims' families may receive financial compensation for the expenses associated with their loved one's funeral services, burial, and estate administration. Moreover, they might be awarded compensation for their pain and suffering.
Source: silive.com, "'Here today, gone tomorrow,' says distraught father of woman struck by car on Hylan Boulevard", Ryan Lavis, June 10, 2014