Quintus Chen, 3, was killed in a Queens hit and run accident, the fifth child to be killed in a pedestrian accident in New York City this year. According to a report in The New York Times, Quintus was walking down College Point Boulevard near 41st Avenue in the Flushing neighborhood when he was struck by the driver’s side tire of a white sedan that was pulling away from the curb. Police said the boy fell to the ground and the driver continued south on College Point Boulevard.
Quintus was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The following day, police arrested 20-year-old Kevin Gomez of Queens in connection with the fatal collision and on charges of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. He was also charged with unlicensed operation of the vehicle.
Assemblyman Ron Kim, who represents the neighborhood where this tragic crash occurred, told the Times that the boy was walking home with his father after a doctor’s appointment. The boy crossed in front of the sedan as it was pulling away from the curb where it was illegally parked, Kim said. The car moved and struck Quintus even as his dad screamed to let the driver know that the child was there.
Child Pedestrian Deaths in NYC
Quintus’s death comes just a month after a 7-year-old boy was struck and killed by a city tow truck on a Brooklyn street, hours before Mayor Eric Adams announced an initiative to make city streets safer for pedestrians. As of this week, 90 pedestrians have lost their lives in New York City due to vehicle collisions compared with 106 during the same period last year.
In Queens alone, there have been 80 traffic-related fatalities making 2023 the borough’s deadliest year for traffic incidents since 2014, the Times reports. College Point Boulevard and the block where Quintus was killed have been known to local residents as a dangerous area for pedestrians. In 2013, 3-year-old Allison Liao died after being hit by a car in the same neighborhood. Her parents co-founded a group called Families for Safe Streets.
Compensation for Victims and Families
In a hit-and-run collision, the driver and vehicle owner are both responsible parties even if the owner was not driving when the accident occurred. If the driver was on the job and/or operating a company vehicle at the time, his or her employer can also be held liable. When the driver is apprehended in a hit-and-run case, he or she can be held financially liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused. Such drivers can be held financially responsible whether or not they are arrested and/or charged. If a hit-and-run driver has injured you, please remember that you can seek compensation through the uninsured motorist clause of your auto insurance policy (even though the driver has not been identified) or through a quasi-state agency if there is no motor vehicle in the victim’s household. You should consult a personal injury lawyer immediately to protect your rights.
Injured victims of pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents can seek compensation from at-fault parties for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. Families that have lost loved ones in pedestrian accidents can seek compensation for damages such as medical and funeral costs, pain and suffering, lost future income, etc.
Pedestrian accident victims and their families should also remember that they can seek compensation for injuries or losses in collisions even if the victim was not walking in a marked crosswalk and even if the driver involved in collision was not charged. Our law firm recovered the full one-million-dollar insurance policy for a girl who was not in the crosswalk when a motor vehicle hit her.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident or bicycle accident, or if you have lost a loved one in an auto accident caused by a negligent (careless) driver, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.
For over 52 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses. We recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and $2,000,000 in a hit-and-run accident, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.
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