A fatal pedestrian accident in New York City left a young mother seriously injured and grieving after claiming the life of her young child. The toddler—just one-year-old, was killed by a reckless driver in a Jeep on May 26 as she was being led across the street by her mother. The pair were in a marked crosswalk and had the right of way. The collision happened at around 7 in the morning along Abbot Street in the Rosebank neighborhood of Staten Island. The Jeep, operated by a 40-year-old, stopped and stayed at the scene but there was nothing anyone could do.
EMTs rushed the victims to nearby Staten Island North Hospital but the child was declared deceased shortly thereafter. The mother was treated for injuries to her leg and released.
The driver of the car involved in the crash was later charged with multiple criminal offenses including failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care. The driver allegedly admitted to the officers investigating this tragic crosswalk accident in New York that she was in a hurry and “late for work.”
This fatal pedestrian accident marked the 10th traffic-related death of a child under the age of 18 in 2022 and the 88th traffic fatality this year.
Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for drivers involved in pedestrian accidents in New York City to claim they were in a hurry, distracted, or had their attention pulled away from the street around them immediately prior to a pedestrian collision. The victims of these accidents can bring claims for pain and suffering, lost time from work and unpaid medical expenses. The hard part comes when the injured victims find out there is not enough insurance to compensate them for their injuries. This when the injured victims really need an experienced and competent attorney. This attorney will know the law and where to find the excess insurance.