Hit And Run Suspect Identified By Police
According to the New York Department of Health website, each year there are 312 vehicle-versus-pedestrian accidents resulting in death. Motor vehicle traffic-related pedestrian injuries result in approximately 3,027 hospitalizations each year. There are 12,506 emergency room visits due to pedestrians being struck by motor vehicles in New York. While Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative intends to reduce the number of these kinds of accidents, there is still much work to be done to make pedestrians safe from automobile collisions.
The New York Daily News reports on the arrest of a woman involved in a hit-and-run accident with a pedestrian.
49-year-old Julia Litmanovich has a previous history with hit-and-run accidents. 11 years ago, she was involved in an accident where she rear-ended another vehicle on Staten Island and fled the scene. Sometime later, she made a vaguely threatening call to the other driver asking her to take the blame for the accident. She then mentioned the two pit bulls she keeps for safety. For that incident, she pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and was sentenced to one year on probation.
Last month, Litmanovich was caught on camera running a red light. She struck 14-year-old Xin Yi Wang as the teen used a crosswalk to cross the street. The crash forced her into traffic.
Wang was miraculously spared any serious injuries. Video caught Litmanovich exiting her vehicle and hugging the girl. According to witnesses, she stated that she was going to park her car. Instead, she sped away from the accident.
Police arrested Litmanovich on Wednesday, escorting her from her Staten Island home in handcuffs. Wang told police that she now has a fear of crossing the street, has difficulty concentrating in school, and is still struggling with a bruised hip.
Litmanovich is facing numerous charges, including leaving the scene of an accident where an injury occurred, reckless endangerment, assault, reckless driving, failure to yield to a pedestrian, failure to exercise due caution, and speed violations.