It is an absolute tragedy and one that the family of a 35-year-old man is struggling to get through. Days before his now-8-year-old daughter's birthday, the man was hit and killed by a driver in Williamsburg. Fortunately, the 24-year-old woman that was with the father was only injured, but for this man's family and friends, his loss has been too much to bear.
What makes his death even more heart-wrenching, however, is that the driver who allegedly hit him, a 27 year old from Crown Heights, didn't even stop after the accident. He drove away and abandoned his car five blocks from the accident. The police found the driver, arrested him and charged him with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. If he is convicted, he will serve at least two years in prison.
The driver's prison sentence will do little to help provide for the two girls who lost their father. In order to cover not only the costs of his funeral, but also the costs of raising and caring for two young children, the man's family members may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the 27 year old who police believe was behind the wheel that night. Though this lawsuit and money certainly wouldn't bring their father back, it may lessen the financial burden that has been heaped upon the daughters' shoulders.
The accident happened near the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and the Williamsburg Bridge. The man and woman were crossing Borinquen Place when they were hit by a Chevy Malibu. The two were then thrown into a nearby lane where they were hit by a Kia. The driver of the Kia stayed with the injured pedestrians and will not be charged with any wrongdoing.
Source: The New York Times, "One Dead and One Seriously Injured in Brooklyn Hit and Run," Any Newman and Nate Schweber, Nov. 15, 2012
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