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Upper East Side Manhattan Fatal Accident

On November 1, a hit-and-run driver struck a deliveryman riding a bike while he was making a delivery. The vehicle struck him at the intersection of 97th and 2nd Avenue. Upon arrival at Metropolitan Hospital, the accident victim was pronounced dead.

Police shortly afterward found the abandoned vehicle on 97th street between 3rd Avenue and Lexington. The vehicle was damaged and its airbags had deployed. The accident is under investigation.

ABC7 NY reported the details of the accident.

What Is New York Law Regarding Leaving the Scene of an Accident?

When involved in an accident, you must stay at the accident scene and exchange car insurance, driver’s license and contact information, including your phone and the street address of your residence. If personal injury occurs, you must also report the accident to the police and file a report. Failure to do so is a violation of NY Vehicle and Traffic Law. All parties involved in the accident must do this whether you were at fault for causing the accident or not.

What Should You Do or Not Do If Involved in a Hit and Run Accident?

You should not chase the fleeing car. Your first priority is to call 911 if you or anyone else was injured. Also, if possible, you should note down as much information as you can. Vital information would include the fleeing vehicle’s license plate number, make and car model, a description of damage to the hit-and-run vehicle and the direction it was headed.

If other people witnessed the accident, you can ask them to provide information. It is also a good idea to write down their names and contact information.

Hit-and-run Accidents from a Legal Perspective

Whether or not the party leaving the accident was at fault for causing it, fleeing the scene is a crime. Fleeing the accident also tends to make the hit-and-run driver appear guilty.

Were You Seriously Injured by a Hit-and-Run Driver?

Our attorneys at Sackstein, Sackstein & Lee, LLP have extensive experience representing clients in hit-and-run accidents. We offer a free consultation to discuss your potential case.

A Legal Perspective of the Accident

On October 1, 2019, a hit-and-run driver killed Olig Korablev, who was crossing a street in Queens as he was leaving to catch a bus for work. He lived in a Holiday Inn that had been converted into a homeless shelter, but was known as a hard-working man, who put in 12 hours of work daily doing construction. He would travel 3 hours every day to work in Brooklyn, leaving early in the morning and returning around 10:00 or 11:00 p.m.

According to the New York Daily News article, he was 65 years old and had left for work an hour earlier than usual. He was crossing the road near Brookville and Rockaway Boulevards around 4:00 a.m.

A silver-colored Toyota Camry slammed into him and officials said the impact was so forceful that it threw him from the southbound lane into the northbound lane. The driver did not stop and sped away from the scene of the accident. Other residents also living with him at the shelter heard the loud zoom of the car speeding away.

Residents ran outside and found Korablev dead at the accident scene.

Police Apprehended the Driver Six Hours Later

A surveillance video recorded the accident, which the police used to identify the car and driver. Around 10:00 a.m., police officials arrived at the home of Kevin Dennard, age 35, a resident of Inwood, Long Island. He was outside looking at the damage to his car. They charged him with leaving the scene of an accident. Dennard claimed he had hit a piece of luggage and didn't stop to report the accident. Furthermore, he had drunk a few beers at a bar near the scene of the accident. His record showed two previous DUI arrests, the most recent arrest in 2006.

The court arraigned and held him on a $75,000 bail bond.

A Legal Perspective of the Pedestrian Hit-and-Run Accident

Legal factors about the accident include:

Any victim who is seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident should seek legal help. If the victim dies as a result of the accident, the surviving family may have grounds to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.

Tragic Accident Changes Lives in a Second

In the beginning of August around midnight at the intersection of Broadway and Legacy Court in Greenlawn, a 17-year old driver struck a 32-year-old man walking on the shoulder of the road. The driver did not remain at the scene of the accident and the man was taken to the hospital where he later died. Authorities arrested the driver and charged her with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

Dangerous Poorly Lit Street

People living in the neighborhood claim the street is dangerous. It has no sidewalks, no stop light at the intersection and cars passing through generally drive at high speeds. One resident said that 11 days prior to this accident, his car, which was parked in his driveway, was hit by another car. It was the second collision to happen on his property within the past year. (CBS New York)

Why the Driver Did Not Remain at the Accident Scene

Newsday reported that the 17-year-old driver said the area was very, very dark and she did not realize she had struck a pedestrian. She said after she hit something, she stopped and saw a person standing alongside the road and he did not appear to be injured. When her father brought the news report to her attention the next day, she realized what had happened and turned herself in to the police.

She was an honors student, who had won a science scholarship, and was about to begin college at upstate SUNY campus. She was driving home from a girlfriend's house where they had been making cookies and cupcakes. Authorities did not allege any use of alcohol in the charges. She did not realize the man had died and was devastated and traumatized upon hearing of his death.

Hit and run accidents can be tragic events for both the victim and the driver.

Legal Recourse for the Individual Killed in the Accident

In the case of this hit and run accident, since the driver came forward, there is no need to investigate and locate the driver. Death meets the New York Serious Injury Threshold, which allows the family to pursue a third party claim. The personal injury attorney would have to prove negligence on the part of the driver to recover compensation for wrongful death.



On April 23 at 4:25 a.m., a 33-year old Long Island woman hit a 44-year old man as he crossed Suffolk Avenue close to Applegate Drive in Central Islip. Pedestrian Jose Lino Martinez was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where doctors pronounced his death.

CBS New York reported that according to the Suffolk County police, driver Vierka Batista-Coronado allegedly struck the pedestrian and fled the accident scene. She currently faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death, which is a class D felony.

Pedestrian Accidents in New York City

Metro areas are often dangerous places for pedestrians. However, a report released by Next City in 2017 indicates New York City is now one of the safest metro areas for pedestrians in the country. It ranked 95th out of 104 metro regions.

Even so, it pays to take precautions. A NYC pedestrian safety study released by NYC DOT (Department of Transportation) stated:

Compared with the other boroughs, Manhattan has four times as many pedestrians killed or severely injured per mile of street.

Of pedestrians killed in Manhattan, 43% lived in other boroughs or outside NYC.

After a Serious Accident or Fatality, Contact an Accident Lawyer As Soon As Possible

Protecting your legal rights is vital when you suffer injury or a loved one dies in a pedestrian accident. For more than 65 years, Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP has successfully handled accident cases and we know how to protect your rights and help you seek compensation.


All accidents involving serious injury and death are tragic, but the accident becomes even more complicated when it is a hit-and-run accident. Such was the case in North Amityville, the night of April 3.

Newsday reported the death of a Copiague man, Pierre Prophete, who was hospitalized at the Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip.

Suffolk County police are still looking for the man who fled the scene, the driver of a 2007 Infiniti.

Hit-and-Run Accident Details

Around 8:00 p.m., a 2008 BMW and the Infiniti sideswiped each other while traveling at high speeds on New Highway. The BMW went off the road and collided into a fence. The Infiniti crashed into the rear end of a 2004 Chevrolet Blazer, which caused the Blazer to overturn. Then, the Infiniti hit two parked vehicles and the driver ran away.

Prophete was a passenger in the backseat of the Blazer. The driver and its three passengers were all seriously injured and taken to hospitals for treatment. Prophete died the next day.

Police are still investigating to determine exactly what occurred.

New York Hit-and-Run Accident Law

New York law requires drivers involved in car accidents to stop at the scene of the accident. They must exchange driver’s licenses and insurance information, provide address and contact information, and report the accident to the police. Violating the law can result in criminal charges ranging from a misdemeanor to felony, depending on the seriousness of the accident. Serious personal injury leads to a class E felony charge, and authorities charge drivers with a class D felony when death occurs.

After a Serious Accident or Fatality, Contact an Accident Lawyer Right Away

When a loved one suffers a serious injury or dies in a car accident, it is vital to contact an accident lawyer as soon as possible. Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP has successfully handled accident cases for more than 65 years.


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