According to the Asbury Park Press, on July 8, a 15-year-old girl died following a hit-and-run pedestrian accident in Middletown.
The newspaper reported that the teen was crossing Route 36 from east to west near Avenue D, at about 8:30 p.m., when the accident occurred. The driver of a compact car reportedly fled the scene of the accident and was later found.
The victim was reportedly flown to the Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune after the crash, but she later died because of her injuries. Police are still investigating the accident and charges are pending against the driver of the car, a 49-year-old Leonardo woman.
Never Leave the Scene of an Accident
This tragic event should serve as a reminder that you should never leave the scene of an accident.
As we reported in this June blog post, hit-and-run accidents are increasing nationally. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatal hit-and-run crashes increased from 1,274 in 2009 to 1,449 in 2011. This represents an increase of almost 14 percent.
If you leave the scene of a vehicle accident, you can face criminal charges, in addition to a lawsuit. This is because the failure of a driver to stay at the scene of an accident can result in a victim receiving delayed medical care, which can contribute to heightened injuries or death.
Speak to our attorneys about how you can move forward with litigation if a reckless driver has injured you. Keep following our blog or visit us on Facebook for more information about New Jersey personal injury news.
Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. – Atlantic City Injury Attorneys