If a person is ever involved in a car accident on Long Island, or strikes a pedestrian or bicyclist, he or she is required to stop. After stopping the person should call for aid if there are injuries, and provide insurance information to the other individual. When there is damage or injuries, a Nassau County or Suffolk County police report is typically filed.
Fleeing the scene of an accident is against the law. A Bellmore woman who struck a pedestrian on Long Island has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident. It was not reported how the police found her after the accident, but the police claim that she was intoxicated. She was also charged with felony drunk driving.
The pedestrian was struck while crossing the street at Rose Place and Sunrise Highway. It was 3:00 in the morning at the time of the accident. The 38-year-old pedestrian was taken to an area hospital where his condition is described as critical.
According to the American Hospital Association, a patient is in critical condition when:
- Vital signs such as blood pressure, temperature or heart rate are unstable and not within normal limits.
- The patient may be unconscious.
- Indicators such as pupil dilation are unfavorable.
Whether the 31-year-old driver was given a chemical breath test was not mentioned. She has a prior DWI conviction and has been charged with felony-level drunk driving. In addition she is facing charges in Nassau County of vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a license.
Source: Long Island Press, "Bellmore Woman Charged With DWI Hit-and-run," Timothy Bolger, Nov. 16, 2012
- Our Nassau County law firm represents clients who have been charged with felony drunk driving and we also provide criminal defense for leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a valid driver's license.