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Prison Sentence Handed Down For Hit-And-Run Accident In Nassau

The Nassau Patch reports that a man has been sentenced to five years in prison for a hit-and-run accident that occurred in 2017. 

44-year-old Kelvin O’Neal pleaded guilty in March to charges of two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of third-degree assault, and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in personal injury. 

The charges stem from a crash that occurred at 2:30 a.m. on December 30, 2017. O’Neal was behind the wheel of a Mercedes and driving at excessive speeds. He drove through a red light at the intersection of Hempstead Turnpike and Wantagh Avenue. He then crashed into three other vehicles. 

The Dodge pickup truck that O’Neal hit overturned and caught fire. The driver of the truck had major injuries, including broken ribs, pulmonary contusions, and a brain bleed. He needed to be put into a medically induced coma. 

After hitting the pickup truck, O’Neal struck a Jeep, injuring the driver and passenger in that vehicle. He then hit a third car but did not injure anyone in that vehicle. 

O’Neal fled the scene on foot. He was arrested on May 22nd, 2018.

Being involved in an accident can be a jarring moment for all involved. It can become even more traumatic when the person responsible leaves the scene without stopping. In New York, a hit-and-run is a misdemeanor crime, which can become even more serious if there are injuries. While knowing that a person can be prosecuted for a hit-and-run may bring some relief, what about injuries? Thankfully, New York’s personal injury protection laws will cover some of the damages caused by injury. However, if the injuries are more serious, this insurance coverage might not be enough. New York State also has a special law called The Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Act. It covers people when injuries are caused by an accident where the other driver’s identity is unknown. 

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