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An Astoria bicyclist is hit, dies 7 months later from injuries

A 59-year-old bicyclist with a prosthetic leg died on March 19, some seven months after having been hit and left to die by a motorist in Queens.

He'd been comatose since having been struck by a Mercedes-Benz on Aug. 17, 2017, at the intersection of 12th Street and 36th Avenue. That night, at around 11 p.m., the victim had been traveling back to his home in Astoria after having left work.

Now, the decedent's family is looking to have manslaughter charges filed against the motorist responsible for ending his life.

In an interview with the man's twin brother on Tuesday, March 27, he explained why the decedent's family expects the motorist to be prosecuted for their loved one's death. He notes that what initially started as perhaps an accidental crash quickly became a hit-and-run when the motorist who struck his brother decided to get out of his car and run from the scene where it occurred.

A hit-and-run with only property damage is a prosectuable offense in itself. The fact that the motorist caused the person he struck to suffer bodily harm made the situation even worse for him if he was caught. Now, the fact that the person struck has died from his or her injuries means that, if convicted of manslaughter, the individual who caused the crash will likely never walk free again.

While with most hit-and-run crashes, the identify of a motorist who causes an incident never is identified, the situation is much different in this case. Fortunately, the passenger in the vehicle that struck the man stayed behind when the driver ran off and cooperated with police and their investigation.

The New York Police Department ultimately made an arrest in the matter, yet the Queens District Attorney's Office ultimately decided to move forward in prosecuting the case because of an apparent lack of evidence.

When it comes to injury or wrongful death lawsuits, there's often a lower standard of proof to show negligence occurred than is necessary in criminal matters. If you've lost a loved one in a tragic car crash, then a Queens attorney can advise you of potential legal remedies available to you in your own case.

Source: Eyewitness ABC 7 News, "Queens hit-and-run victim dies after 7 months in coma, Family wants charges," Darla Miles, March 27, 2018

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