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New York Man Blamed For Hilton Head Pedestrian Crash

New York law requires that drivers have insurance in order to drive legally. However, if a person is involved in a hit-and-run accident, it may be difficult to recover damages for their injuries. While New York also requires a policy that covers $50,000 in Personal Injury Protection as well as $50,000 in uninsured motorist protection, what happens if the injuries exceed that amount? If police are able to catch the hit-and-run driver, compensation may be sought through a liability lawsuit against the driver. Additionally, if the person was a pedestrian and does not have car insurance, the person may be able to receive compensation through the Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Act.

The Island Packet reports on a New York man for a hit-and-run accident that seriously injured a pedestrian.

28-year-old Taylor James Schumacher of Penfield, New York, has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing great bodily injury. The charge is a felony.

The charge stems from a Saturday night accident near Sea Pines Circle in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Schumacher was allegedly behind the wheel of a 2016 Chevrolet pickup truck that hit a pedestrian in the westbound lanes of Palmetto Bay Road. The incident occurred at about 10:50 p.m. on July 6th.

Beaufort County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a request from the Highway Patrol asking for assistance in locating the vehicle involved in the accident. The truck registered to Schumacher was found in the Walgreen’s parking lot across the street from the accident scene. Deputies located Schumacher nearly 500 feet from where the crash occurred.

Schumaker passed a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer revealed a 0.00 BAC.

The possible penalties for hit and run in South Carolina range from 30 days to 10 years in jail and fines ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. Schumacher may also have his driver’s license revoked if convicted.

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