Cherokee Fletcher, of Commack, Died In Long Island Hit-And-Run Car Accident Along Motor Parkway
SUFFOLK COUNTY, NEW YORK (June 12, 2022) – A mother of 5 identified as Cherokee Fletcher has died in a hit-and-run collision on Motor Parkway.
Long Island police officials are saying that the collision took place around 10:15 p.m. on May 23. Cherokee Fletcher was standing on the sidewalk when she was hit by a 22-year-old driver.
The driver involved in the crash fled the scene but was eventually captured by police. Sadly, Cherokee Fletcher later died due to the severity of her injuries.
She leaves behind a fiancée and five children. A full investigation into the circumstances of the crash remain ongoing at this time.
Liability In Suffolk County Hit-And-Run Collisions
Thousands of people are killed or seriously injured in hit-and-run collisions every year. According to AAA, “There were an estimated 737,100 hit-and-run crashes in 2015 (NHTSA, 2016). This translates to a hit-and-run crash happening somewhere in the U.S. every 43 seconds. The 2,049 fatalities that resulted from hit-and-run crashes in 2016 were the highest number ever recorded (NHTSA, 2017).” There are a number of factors that could contribute to a hit-and-run collision.
- Inclement weather
- Distracted driving
The vast majority of pedestrian accidents are preventable and involve some amount of human error. A driver may have been traveling too fast for the prevailing conditions. Or they may have not been scanning the road ahead of them. If a driver fails to exercise due care and hits a pedestrian they could be held at fault through a civil claim. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any car accident.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- A thorough, independent investigation should be conducted.
When a driver is negligent and kills a pedestrian, they can be held at fault through a civil claim. The family of any victim that died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral costs. Sadly, though, drivers will often fight hard to deny liability for any collision. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Suffolk County Hit-And-Run Collision
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Cherokee Fletcher. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all who have lost so much.
Do you need more information about a Suffolk County hit-and-run collision? Our team of pedestrian safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.