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Pedestrian dies of head injury after hit and run

Though many people survive serious injuries to the head and brain, there are countless more who do not. The families of victims are often left to pick up the pieces after such a devastating loss, and they may struggle to come to terms with what happened to their loved one. This is particularly true in situations where a person suffered a head injury due to someone else's negligence, as in -- for example -- a car accident. A New York pedestrian recently suffered a fatal head injury that police say was due to a hit-and-run driver, a loss that didn't have to occur.

The incident happened on a recent early evening. Police say that a driver in a Kia was heading south and ran a red light. The vehicle allegedly struck another sedan driving east through the intersection, causing that car to hit a pedestrian attempting to cross the street. Authorities say she was only a block away from her own home.

The woman was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment of a serious head injury, but she did not survive. The driver of the second sedan also needed medical treatment, but is listed in stable condition. Though the driver of the first vehicle allegedly attempted to flee on foot, police located him quickly. He is facing multiple charges, including manslaughter, vehicular assault and reckless driving.

Even if the driver manages to avoid conviction for any of the criminal charges he is facing, the family of the pedestrian may have other options for legal recourse. They could choose to file a wrongful death claim in civil court against the driver. They could argue that the driver was negligent and that she would not have suffered a fatal head injury were it not for his actions. Anyone in a similar situation here in New York may want to reach out to a personal injury attorney to determine what options may be available.

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