A 22-year-old man was killed in a recent New Jersey pedestrian accident involving a hit-and-run driver. According to The New Jersey Herald, the fatal hit-and-run accident occurred on Mountain Avenue just south of Route 46 in Hackettstown. Officials say the East Orange man was struck by an old and rusty green dump truck that drove off after the collision. The victim of this pedestrian accident was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Investigators are still searching for the driver who left the site of the collision without contacting the authorities or offering assistance.
It is illegal to leave the scene of an accident when someone has been injured or killed. N.J.S.A. 39:4-129 states: “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 someone killed in a New Jersey hit-and-run crash should speak with an experienced lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation. Drivers responsible for fatal hit-and-run accidents may be held civilly liable for their negligence and wrongdoing in addition to facing criminal charges. In cases involving a motorist who is not arrested by the authorities, compensation may still be available for the family’s loss through the uninsured motorist clause of their own auto insurance policy.
The skilled Princeton hit-and-run victim lawyers of Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of handling all types of collisions. We know how to hold at-fault drivers accountable for their wrongdoing and how to get families fair compensation for their terrible losses. Please contact us at (609) 240-0040 if you have lost a loved one in a hit-and-run collision.