Sadly, the recent rash of New York pedestrian fatalities continues. At 2:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, an automobile collided with a pedestrian in Lake Ronkonkoma. The victim died at the scene.
Thomas Vaughan, a 59-year-old Lake Grove man, has been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) and may still face manslaughter charges. His arraignment is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 31.
This pedestrian crash is the latest of several that have caused the wrongful deaths of at least four New Yorkers during the past month. Recently, pedestrians have been killed while walking on sidewalks, in crosswalks or because a motorist decides to drink and drive. These senseless fatalities are the product of negligence, but it’s apparent that motorists aren’t adjusting their driving practices.
Accident victims and their families can hold negligent drivers accountable through lawsuits. A suit allows the injured party to recover money damages to compensate them for a variety of expenses related to a crash, including medical bills and pain and suffering.
If a New York City motorist has hit and injured you, consult an experienced attorney to assess your legal options.
Source: CBS News, “Suffolk County Man Charged With DWI In Fatal Accident,” March 24, 2013