A 5-year-old boy has died in a tragic hit-and-run auto accident in Queens when two teenagers drag racing in their car hit the sport utility vehicle the boy was riding in, according to a CBS News report. The article states the boy, Jordan McLean, was ejected from his aunt’s SUV after the collision occurred. Jordan’s mother, who was also a passenger in the vehicle, suffered injuries and is recovering in a local hospital, according to the report.
Police are now searching for two teenagers who they believe caused the fatal accident, which happened at the intersection of 109th Avenue and 164th Place in Jamaica. To worsen matters, many neighbors say that this accident was nothing out of the ordinary and that street racing is something that happens all the time in this neighborhood. According to Jordan’s aunt, who was interviewed by the TV station, there were two cars racing down the street and one of them, a BMW, hit the SUV. Police say the teens abandoned their totaled vehicle and fled the scene of the accident.
The teens who caused this car accident and then left the scene as a 5-year-old boy died will certainly face criminal vehicular manslaughter charges when apprehended. The teenagers will also be held financially responsible for the death of the young boy, property damage and the injuries caused to the other occupants of the SUV.
As New Jersey personal injury attorneys who represent many victims of auto accidents, we have observed that street racing is becoming a problem increasingly, not just in this part of the country, but all over the United States. Street racing or drag racing on a public street is illegal. It can get your vehicle impounded, cost you a lot of money in fines and even land you in jail. But what’s worse is you could be seriously hurt or as it happened in this case, an innocent life could be taken away.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident, please call our experienced New Jersey personal injury attorneys for a free consultation.