Driver Identified in Fatal Queens Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Accident

hit and run accidentPolice say they have identified the man who struck and fatally injured 60-year-old Yeny Contreras-Baquedano when she was crossing a street in Queens earlier this month. According to a report in The New York Daily News, officials said 33-year-old Jackson Lima-Arteaga was behind the wheel of the vehicle that hit the victim early morning on Feb. 1 as he sped east on 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights. Contreras-Baquedano was crossing the avenue at 90th Street when the driver slammed into her.

Police say Lima-Arteaga continued southbound on 92nd Street and is still at large. Medics rushed the victim to a local hospital, but she succumbed to her injuries. Police have released images of the driver who they say is a resident of Elizabeth, New Jersey. They are seeking the public’s help to apprehend the hit-and-run driver. We offer our deepest condolences to Yeny Contreras-Baquedano’s family members for their tremendous loss.

Vehicle Speed and Pedestrian Accidents

The speed of a vehicle has a significant role in the severity of the injuries that result in pedestrian accidents. When a fast moving or speeding vehicle collides with a pedestrian, the victim tends to suffer greater injuries due to the increased force exerted upon impact. Pedestrians struck by vehicles in these types of collisions are more likely to suffer traumatic injuries such as fractures, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, and internal organ damage.

New York City has implemented measures such as speed limit reductions, traffic calming infrastructure (such as speed bumps and pedestrian islands), automated speed enforcement cameras, and increased police enforcement to curb vehicle speeds and enhance pedestrian safety on city streets. But negligent (careless) driving involving high speed remains a major problem in many neighborhoods in the city.

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 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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