Under New York Vehicle and Traffic Law, leaving the scene of an accident, also called hit-and-run, is considered to be a crime. The law is separated into two main categories: leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage and leaving the scene of an accident involving injury. For accidents that involve just property damage, the crime can result in 3 points on the party’s driver’s license, a fine of up to $250, a $93 surcharge, and up to 15 days in jail. Accidents with injuries or death are even more serious and can result in felony charges. As punishment, an offending driver could spend up to seven years in jail, pay higher fees and fines, and have their driver’s license suspended or revoked.
The Bay Shore, New York Patch reports that a woman has died from the injuries sustained in a February hit-and-run accident at Bay Shore.
The accident occurred on February 10th as 74-year-old Mary Barbato walked on Moffitt Boulevard near Brentwood Road.
78-year-old Edward Kadir struck Barbato and then fled the scene. Barbato was taken to Southside Hospital at Bay Shore in critical condition. She succumbed to her injuries on February 23rd.
Kadir was arrested for the incident on February 12th and was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving serious injury. There is a chance that the charges can be upgraded to leaving the scene of an accident involving death.
At Kadir’s arraignment, prosecutors mentioned the possibility of upgrading the charges. The attorney for Kadir said that it was dark and rainy at the time of the accident and Kadir was not aware he had hit Barbato.
Kadir was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court on April 6th. He voluntarily turned himself in after realizing that he had struck Barbato.