A 75-year-old man was killed in a New Jersey car accident after a vehicle struck him and left the scene of the crash. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the fatal hit-and-run accident occurred on North Avenue at the Bank of America in Newark. Officials say the man was walking on the sidewalk when a Jeep Liberty exited an ATM lane at the bank and struck him. After a review of the bank security camera, officials were able to track down the 50-year-old Piscataway man who struck the victim. He was arrested and faces death by auto charges.
In New Jersey, it is illegal to leave the scene of a car accident. According to N.J.S.A. 39:4-129 (a), “The driver of any vehicle, knowingly involved in an accident resulting in injury or death to any person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to and in every event shall remain at the scene.”
The family of a deceased hit-and-run accident victim would be well advised to discuss their legal rights with an experienced attorney who will help them pursue fair compensation for their losses. In cases involving a hit-and-run driver who is arrested by the authorities, the family can file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver seeking damages.
The reputed Princeton hit and run lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein offer their condolences to anyone who has lost a loved one in a fatal New Jersey accident. If you are seeking to hold an at-fault driver accountable, please contact us at (609) 240-0040 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.