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Hit-and-run crash critically injures 2 pedestrians

On Nov. 14, a hit-and-run crash in New Jersey critically injured two pedestrians on North Bergen’s Kennedy Boulevard. Authorities are reportedly searching for the driver of the vehicle involved in the deadly incident.

The accident happened at about 9:50 p.m. near 32nd and 31st streets, where the pedestrians were allegedly struck by a Nissan Rogue. The pedestrians, a pair of brothers ages 20 and 11, were walking across the street with their sister at the time of the incident, authorities said. Following the pedestrian accident, the Nissan fled the scene without stopping, police said. Investigators are studying surveillance videos from the area and parts of the vehicle left behind at the crash site to help identify the alleged hit-and-run vehicle and its driver.

The injured 20-year-old man was transported to a medical center in Jersey City, where surgeons attempted to reattach his lower extremity. His 11-year-old brother suffered major head injuries and reportedly underwent brain surgery at another hospital. Officials described the minor’s condition as grave.

In a pedestrian accident involving injuries or death like this one, criminal charges may be filed against the driver involved in the wreck. However, no matter the outcome of the consequent prosecution, the driver may still be named as a defendant in a civil lawsuit filed by the victims of the accident and their legal representatives, who may seek to hold the driver liable for the incident.

For, accident victims may wish to recoup the financial losses they suffered on account of the accident, such as hospital bills, medical costs and the expenses associated with therapy and long-term rehabilitation. In such a case, victims may work with an attorney to establish a substantial personal injury claim.

Source: CBS New York , “Brothers, 11 And 20, Critically Injured In North Bergen Hit-And-Run“, November 15, 2014

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