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Pedestrian death on Long Island roadway

A woman living on Long Island was killed following a hit-and-run at an intersection along a roadway that has proven fatal before.

As the driver of the vehicle who hit the woman fled the scene, another passing motorist had to stop and call emergency responders. Although rescuers took the woman to a nearby hospital, she had died upon her arrival there. Police continue to look for the driver who hit the woman and are asking for help finding the driver so he or she can be brought to justice.

The woman's family has had some hard luck on Long Island's roads. The woman's brother was killed in a separate hit-and-run accident just a block away from where this most recent accident occurred. Two months ago, the woman's sister-in-law also died in a pedestrian accident after she had to move her daughter out of the way of an oncoming vehicle. That accident was not a hit-and-run, and the driver in that accident did not get cited.

The road on which this tragedy took place is not terribly friendly too pedestrians. There are relatively few crosswalks, and the speed limit on the road is 40 miles per hour. Despite there being these hazards, the state has not shown a lot of eagerness to improve the road's safety features in order to prevent pedestrian motor vehicle accidents.

If the driver is found, the victim's family will have the right to pursue compensation from the driver for the loss, as drivers do have an obligation to be on the lookout for pedestrians. This civil wrongful death suit would be over and above any criminal charges the driver is going to face. If the driver is not found or does not have adequate insurance, then the family may have to consider filing for other benefits under the victim's own insurance policy, assuming of course she has coverage.

Source: ABC 7, "Woman killed in Long Island hit and run; 3rd family member to die in crash," Aug. 14, 2017

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