Man Sentenced In Hit And Run Death
New York has laws governing what a person must do following an auto accident, such as remaining at the scene and exchanging information. If such an accident results in injuries or death, it can be difficult to file a claim with the fleeing driver’s insurance. In this case, New York requires that all drivers carry Personal Injury Protection insurance of at least $50,000. New York law also requires that uninsured motorist insurance be purchased, which can also be used to file a claim. In the event that the hit-and-run driver is located, they will face not only the criminal charges, but they may be personally liable for damages.
CBS Local New York reports on a man who has been sentenced in a hit-and-run accident trial.
On Monday, Daniel Coppolo received 5 to 15 years in the hit-and-run death of 18-year-old Taranjit Parmar.
In November 2017, Parmar and Coppolo got into a fender bender on the Hempstead Turnpike. After Parmar exited her Jeep to exchange information, Coppolo ran her over and fled the scene.
Police later found Coppolo’s vehicle in a parking lot in Westbury, where he had abandoned the vehicle after trying to conceal the damage. He was arrested while shoplifting.
At the time of the accident, Coppolo was on the phone with her mother, who overheard her daughter’s cries for help.
In April, Coppolo, who had been an emergency services dispatcher for FDNY, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter. Coppolo admitted to fleeing the scene, robbing a Target store, and then abandoning his pickup truck.
Coppolo is diagnosed as having bipolar disorder and had stopped taking his medications.