Many people in Albany have likely heard of the tragic death of the 28-year-old pedestrian who was hit while crossing Central Avenue last week, but they may not have heard of a 43-year-old man who was hit a few blocks away from the accident site one day later. Surprisingly, the 43 year old was hit while people were gathering for a candlelight vigil for the young woman who had died earlier that afternoon.
He was rushed to Albany Medical Center Hospital, but it is unknown what kind of injuries he sustained or in what condition he was admitted. The Albany Times Union implies, however, that he has been treated and released. While he was lucky enough to escape with non-life-threatening injuries, the young woman who was hit was not.
The 28 year old had been at the intersection of Central and King avenues when she was hit by a westbound minivan. The 68-year-old driver was questioned by police, but they did not issue any citations. It is unknown if the pedestrian's death will change investigators' decision not to charge the elderly driver with a crime.
Even if prosecutors do not charge these drivers with hitting the respective pedestrians, they can still be held liable for their actions. In the case of the young woman, her surviving family members may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit on her behalf, covering the numerous expenses that come with a sudden and tragic loss. The 43 year old may file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who hit him, alleging that the driver was negligent, careless or reckless. He may ask the driver to cover any of the medical bills associated with treating his injuries, any lost wages suffered while recovering from the crash or any future costs associated with long-term care.
Source: Albany Times Union, "Pedestrian dies from injuries in crash," Jordan Carleo-Evangelist, Feb. 22, 2013
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