Pedestrian Died In Collision With DeWitt Police Vehicle Following Suspected Hit-And-Run Crash Near 690 West
DEWITT, NEW YORK (January 26, 2024) – A pedestrian has tragically died after being hit by a Dewitt Police officer on Bridge Street by 690 West.
DeWitt police officials are saying that the accident took place on Monday night. A pedestrian was reportedly down in the roadway when they were run over by a DeWitt police vehicle.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victims. Sadly, they died due to the severe nature of their injuries.
A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For DeWitt Police Vehicle Accidents
Thousands of pedestrians are killed or seriously injured in crashes every year. According to the IIHS, “Pedestrian motor vehicle crash deaths have increased 80 percent since reaching their low point in 2009 and account for 17 percent of crash fatalities. The rates of pedestrian deaths in motor vehicle crashes per 100,000 people are highest for people ages 20-69.” Many different factors could contribute to pedestrian collisions.
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Poor road conditions
A police department could be liable if one of their officers is involved in a fatal pedestrian collision. According to New York Vehicle and Traffic Law 1104(e), the drivers of authorized emergency vehicles have a duty to operate their vehicle with due regard for the safety of all persons. When an officer shows a “reckless disregard” for the safety of others they could be liable for an accident during a police pursuit. When officers are not in a pursuit, they must exercise due care to avoid collisions like all other drivers.
Investigating New York Pedestrian Accidents
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of the pedestrian killed in this collision. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of the victim’s family.
Do you need more information about a Dewitt police vehicle accident. Our team of pedestrian accident attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.