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Pedestrian hit by driver fleeing fender-bender

On Behalf of | Apr 18, 2019 | Auto Accidents

A driver in New Jersey apparently got into a fender-bender, and rather than sticking around to face the ramifications, decided to flee the scene. That was not a wise decision, as it turned out. The driver lost control, drove up on the sidewalk and hit a pedestrian.

Per reports from the news services and police in the area, the driver of the car was a 66-year-old man. The pedestrian that he hit was a 56-year-old man. Though that pedestrian did survive the crash, his injuries are said to be serious. He was simply standing near a stop sign on the side of the road when the second crash took place.

“There’s always hundreds of people walking on each block,” said the police chief, sounding in awe that something like this would happen. “This is a congested area. It’s amazing more pedestrians were not struck, especially at the speed he was driving at.”

The reason that it happened may be pretty clear, though. The police claim that the driver was intoxicated. That may have led to the initial fender-bender, and it also may have caused the driver to flee in an effort to avoid DUI charges.

Of course, he ended up with much more serious charges after the second crash. Police arrested him, and he is facing charges for intoxicated driving, second-degree assault with a car and third-degree assault.

An accident often stems from a chain of poor decisions. In this case, that’s only too clear. If you get injured in a crash, you may need to seek compensation for medical bills and other costs.