Delivery Driver Accused Of Leaving Scene Of A Fatal Accident
All states have laws against leaving the scene of an accident. In New York, leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage is a traffic infraction. This includes even if the other object is not a vehicle. If the accident involves personal injury, the crime is a misdemeanor charge, which could mean spending up to a year in jail. If the accident involves the death of one or more persons, there could be felony charges which could result in a sentence of seven years in jail.
CBS Local New York reports that a man has been arrested in connection with a North Babylon hit-and-run accident that killed a woman.
26-year-old delivery driver Donnell Hicks of Queens faced a judge on Tuesday. He has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred as Hicks was making deliveries for his employer, Auto Zone, on Monday afternoon.
According to prosecutors, Hicks admitted to police that he was aware that something was beneath his vehicle after he left the Auto Zone. Still, he continued to drive for a quarter of a mile.
He also admitted that people were yelling at him as he drove down Deer Park Avenue. Hick reportedly then admitted to stopping on a side street, seeing the woman under his van, and leaving her there as he continued to make his deliveries.
The woman that Hicks is accused of hitting and dragging was identified as 40-year-old Ann Marie Christina. She did not survive her injuries.
Police arrested Hicks less than an hour after the incident occurred at the Auto Zone where he was employed.
A judge ordered that Hick’s license be suspended and that he be held on $100,000 bail. He is due back in court on August 2nd.