In a traffic case that goes to criminal court in New York, perception matters almost as much as the facts in the case. Impairment of judgment because of alcohol may lead to unwise decisions, and emotions such as fear and panic may motivate a driver to leave the scene of an accident. Nevertheless, when presented with the facts, a jury may perceive the driver as unfeeling or heartless despite his or her emotional state at the time of the crash.
Authorities recently arrested a 55-year-old man in Long Island for allegedly striking an electric scooter with his vehicle, eventually resulting in the death of one young woman who was driving and injuring another who was a passenger on the scooter. The accident took place in Queens, and the man faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident, DWI and vehicular assault. He posted $150,000 in bail, and authorities released him.
The driver of the scooter was a 19-year-old woman from Queens. The scooter belonged to her father, and she had borrowed it to meet her sister at JFK airport. It is unclear whether she first received permission from her father before borrowing the scooter. Her passenger was her 23-year-old girlfriend. The man’s vehicle allegedly struck the scooter from behind, and the force of the collision reportedly threw the two women from the vehicle.
The 23-year-old passenger was in stable condition upon transportation to a nearby hospital for injuries to the hip and head. No information is available as to her current state of health. The 19-year-old driver of the scooter died after three days in the hospital from head injuries sustained in the crash.
The death of one of the scooter occupants could result in updated charges for the man who allegedly struck it. Those facing criminal charges related to drunk driving may wish to speak to an attorney.