Alleged hit-run driver turns herself in after pedestrian accident
A 54-year-old Trenton man was struck and killed while trying to cross the street in Ewing Township last Friday. The pedestrian accident occurred at roughly 10:40 p.m. But the pedestrian accident did not only involve one car, but two, according to authorities. Complicating matters even further, the fatal accident was a hit-and-run accident. Authorities say both drivers fled the scene after striking the pedestrian.
The Mercer County Prosecutor’s office announced Thursday that a 19-year-old woman turned herself in on Wednesday related to the fatal accident. The Rider University student was taken into custody and will be facing serious felony charges. However, authorities are still looking for the driver of the other vehicle that struck the pedestrian as he crossed Parkside Avenue in Ewing Township last week.
When a driver flees the scene of an accident, the facts and circumstances surrounding the crash can be more difficult to piece together. A hit-and-run driver takes with them their own version of what may have happened. Law enforcement officers at the scene are unable to write down the driver’s characterization of events.
Any accident can require extra investigation, and in many cases, experts in accident reconstruction can be very helpful in determining the complete set of facts of how an accident occurred.
Pedestrian accidents can be serious. A pedestrian has little, or no, protection against a moving vehicle and the injuries can be severe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 4,400 people were killed in pedestrian accident in 2008, the latest numbers available. The CDC says that amounts to one fatality every two hours across the country from a pedestrian accident.
Even more staggering is that the CDC says roughly 69,000 people are injured in pedestrian accidents each year. That equates to an injury accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian every 8 minutes across the country.
Anyone injured in a pedestrian accident, or the families of victims of an accident can be left devastated emotionally and financially after an accident. While some accidents are just accidents, many include the negligence of another person.
The police investigate accidents to protect New Jersey residents Law enforcement also serves to investigate purposes of completing accident reports and potential criminal charges. It is important for accident victims to seek the advice of a personal injury attorney after an accident to learn what legal options may be available to cover medical bills and other expenses that can arise from an injury accident.