Po Han Yonkers: Po Yol Han Killed In Yonkers Hit-And-Run Car Accident On Yonkers Avenue
YONKERS, NEW YORK (November 29, 2019) – A 77-year-old woman has tragically died in a Thanksgiving hit-and-run car accident on Yonkers Avenue.
Yonkers police are saying that the accident happened around 5:20 p.m. For reasons that remain under investigation Po Yol Han was hit by a pickup truck while crossing the street.
The driver of the truck stayed for several minutes but then fled the scene. Paramedics rushed to the scene of the accident and found Po Yol Han with serious injuries.
She was transported to the hospital in order to receive treatment but later died due to her injuries. Authorities have surveillance video of the accident and have already identified a person of interest.
Liability In Yonkers Hit-And-Run Accidents
Elderly pedestrians are at a higher risk of being involved in pedestrian accidents. According to the Center’s For Disease Control and Prevention, “Pedestrians ages 65 and older accounted for 20% of all pedestrian deaths in 20161 and an estimated 15% of all pedestrians injured in 2015.” There are a number of reasons why pedestrian accidents tend to take place:
- Drivers may be intoxicated
- Drivers may be fatigued
- Drivers may be distracted
- Drivers may make dangerous turns
The holidays and Thanksgiving in particular are an especially dangerous time for car accidents. According to the National Safety Council, “The National Safety Council estimates 417 people may die on U.S. roads this Thanksgiving holiday period. Holidays traditionally are a time of travel for families across the United States. Many choose car travel, which has the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation based on fatalities per passenger mile.”
It is illegal to flee the scene of a car accident that results in bodily injury. According to New York Vehicle and Traffic Law § 600 (2)(a), “leaving the scene of an incident without reporting,” “other than for the mere failure of an operator to exhibit his or her license and insurance identification card for such vehicle or exchange the information required in such paragraph [(a) of Vehicle and Traffic Law § 600 (2)], shall constitute a class A misdemeanor….Any such violation committed by a person after such person has previously been convicted of such a violation shall constitute a class E felony.” Victims of hit-and-run collisions are protected by a number of laws.
The family of any victim that died in a pedestrian accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover funeral expenses, lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It’s important that evidence is properly collected after an accident and that witnesses are interviewed. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Yonkers Pedestrian Accident
We at Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson extend our deepest condolences to the family of Po Yol Han. The driver involved in this accident should do the right thing and turn them-self in. Any person that may have knowledge about what happened should reach out to authorities. As personal injury attorneys and consumer safety advocates it is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to make this stretch of road safer.