Edwin Wesley Died In Canandaigua Hit-And-Run Collision While Crossing Main Street On Motorized Scooter
ONTARIO COUNTY, NEW YORK (October 27, 2021) – A man identified as Edwin Wesley has tragically died in a hit-and-run accident with a vintage pickup truck while crossing Main Street with mobility scooter.
Canandaigua police officials are saying that the collision took place on Saturday, October 23rd. Edwin Wesley was crossing the street in a mobility scooter when he was hit by a green mid-1950’s Ford pickup truck.
The driver of the vintage pickup truck fled the scene. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim.
Despite the best efforts of paramedics, Edwin Wesley died due to the severity of his injuries. Police officers obtained a search warrant and found a green 1956 Ford pickup truck in a storage facility.
A person of interest has been identified, but no arrests have been made. An investigation into the collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Canandaigua Hit-And-Run Car Accidents
Thousands of people are killed or seriously injured in hit-and-run crashes every year. According to one report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, “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).” Many different factors could potentially influence the likelihood of a hit-and-run collision.
- Driver fatigue
- Inclement weather
- Poorly illuminated intersections
Drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care to avoid hitting pedestrians in the roadway. According to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1146(a), drivers must use precaution to avoid pedestrians, bicyclists and domestic animals. When prudent, drivers must also use their horn to alert others of their presence. When a driver hits a pedestrian they could be held liable through a civil claim.
Pursuant to New York Vehicle and Traffic Law § 600(2)(c), drivers that flee the scene of collisions causing great bodily injury could be exposed to criminal liability. It is a felony to flee the scene of any collision where someone is seriously injured or killed. Drivers must stay at the scene and exchange insurance information and call authorities. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any collision.
- A full, independent investigation should be conducted.
- Fragments of any fleeing vehicle should be examined and preserved.
- Surveillance footage of the accident should be sought.
- Medical records should be preserved.
The family of any victim that died in a car accident may be able to seek justice through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Potential beneficiaries in a wrongful death claim will typically include a victim’s next of kin. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and get to the bottom of what caused an accident.
Investigating A Canandaigua Hit-And-Run Car Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Edwin Wesley. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. The driver responsible for this crash should do the right thing and turn themselves in. It’s never too late to do the right thing.
This accident raises a number of safety concerns. Is there a history of collisions at this intersection? Was the driver distracted before the crash? Could this accident have been prevented? Far too often pedestrian accidents are preventable and due to drivers that are either speeding or distracted.