A driver has finally been identified in connection with a hit-and-run case that left a 22-year-old pedestrian dead near the University of Maryland campus. The victim, a Long Island native, died when he was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Knox Road and Baltimore Avenue, according to official reports. The incident occurred during the early morning hours on Jan. 17; the driver is accused of fleeing the scene of the car accident, leaving the victim to die in the street. The young man was transported to a local hospital after suffering critical injuries; he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
The victim of the hit-and-run accident was reportedly an engaged community member who was well-respected by his colleagues, family members and friends. The young man was reportedly struck as he was returning to his vehicle from a night out with friends at a bar. He was not in the crosswalk when he was hit, and few witnesses actually saw the accident. Officers said they were not optimistic about eyewitness testimony, as the other students in the area may have simply not seen what occurred.
Officers released information about the alleged driver and a dark-colored sedan that reportedly struck the victim. The vehicle was later identified, and a driver surrendered to authorities during the evening on Jan. 17. So far, legal officials have not pressed charges against the driver, though they may be announced shortly.
Drivers who leave the scene of a fatal car accident often condemn their victims to death. Victims are left without critical aid that could potentially save their lives, often being abandoned because someone is afraid of being convicted as a drunk driver. Even if those individuals do not face criminal charges for their misdeeds, they may be subject to civil fines brought by victims' family members. Those relatives may be able to recover financial damages for a variety of civil claims, including pain and suffering, emotional distress and loss of consort, among others.
Source: CBS New York, "Driver Surrenders In Maryland After L.I. Student Is Struck, Killed" No author given, Jan. 17, 2014