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New York police track down driver linked to fatal crash

A 58-year-old New York man is facing a raft of charges including a count of criminally negligent homicide after being taken into custody in connection with a July 17 fatal hit-and-run accident in Queens County. A police representative claimed that the man was driving recklessly, speeding and ignored a stop sign before striking several vehicles in South Ozone Park. The man's plea for bail was denied, and he faces up to 15 years in prison if he is found guilty on all counts.

The accident claimed the life of a 40-year-old woman and seriously injured her 9-year-old daughter. They were ejected from the Toyota Corolla sedan that they had been traveling in when it was stuck by the man's BMW X5 SUV. Witnesses told responding NYPD officers that the SUV had been traveling at a speed well above the posted 25 mph limit in the moments before the crash. After watching footage of the speeding SUV captured by a nearby security camera, officers determined that it was traveling in excess of 60 mph.

Police began hunting for the man after he allegedly abandoned his injured 46-year-old passenger and fled the scene on foot. He was taken into custody outside his Queens County residence the following morning at about 8:30 a.m. and charged with criminally negligent homicide, manslaughter, driving without a valid driver's license, assault and leaving the scene of an accident.

Law enforcement agencies generally put a great deal of effort into locating and apprehending hit-and-run drivers who cause death or serious injury. While those injured in this type of motor vehicle accident may be able to claim compensation from their insurance providers, their legal options improve considerably when hit-and-run drivers are tracked down by police.

Source: NY Daily News, "Suspect in deadly BMW hit-and-run cuffed while having drink on front porch", Larry McShane, July 20, 2016

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