Matthew Jensen Died In Brooklyn Hit-and-Run Collision With Rolls Royce On McGuinness Boulevard
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (February 24, 2022) – A beloved Greenpoint teacher identified as Matthew Jensen has tragically died in a hit-and-run car accident along McGuinness Boulevard.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place last year in May. Matthew Jensen was crossing near Bayard Street when he was hit by an off-duty EMT driver in a Rolls Royce.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help Matthew Jensen. Sadly, he died due to the severity of his injuries.
Family members, colleagues, students and friends left their condolences on social media. The driver of the Rolls Royce has finally been caught and arrested.
McGuinness Boulevard has been listed as one of the city’s most dangerous corridors. One study found that 2/3 of all drivers sped along the boulevard.
A full investigation into the collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Brooklyn Hit-And-Run Car Accidents
Thousands of people are killed or seriously injured in hit-and-run collisions every year. According to one report by the American Automobile Association (AAA), “The current analysis found that both the rates of hit-and-run crashes and fatalities are increasing. 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.” There are a number of factors that could contribute to a hit-and-run collision.
- Drunk driving
- Driver intoxication
- Inclement weather
- Driver fatigue
All drivers must exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. Many pedestrian accidents are due to speeding. Pursuant to New York Vehicle Code § 1180, no person shall operate a motor vehicle at a speed greater than what would be safe and prudent given the prevailing conditions of the roadway. If a driver flees the scene of a collisions causing serious injury or death, they could face criminal sanctions as well as civil liability. Depending on the facts of any case, liability for a pedestrian accident could extend beyond any driver.
A city in New York could potentially be liable for an accident if it was caused by a dangerous condition with a roadway. Consider, for example, the case of Turturro v. City of New York. The Supreme Court of New York held that a municipality could be held liable for the actions of a speeding driver under certain scenarios. There must have been a history of speeding along a stretch of roadway and a city must have failed to study whether “traffic calming measures” would be needed. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any pedestrian accident.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- A thorough, independent investigation should be conducted.
The family of any victim that died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help with lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It is crucial that evidence is properly preserved after an accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations to keep in mind.
Investigating A Brooklyn Hit-And-Run Car Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Matthew Jensen. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to help reduce the prevalence of speeding along this stretch of road.
Do you need more information about an accident that took place in Brooklyn? Our team of personal injury attorneys 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 a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.