On Tuesday, August 21, 2018, a 70yr old man who was a regular at Jo-Jo’s Ice Cream was hit in a Levittown crosswalk on New Falls Road. Tragically, the man passed away shortly after the crash due to his injuries. According to Levttown Now, the man was a regular at the ice cream shop.
Update: The driver has been arrested.
Police need your help.
The driver who allegedly hit the man sped away after the crash. The vehicle is likely a dark colored four door sedan with tinted windows and likely has damage to the windshield.
Anyone with information about the driver is asked to police at 215-949-9100 x440, and if you’ve spotted the vehicle, you should call Falls Township Police at 215-945-3100.
The family left behind should have answers and this driver who failed to stop should be held accountable for their actions.
Why do drivers flee?
There is never a good reason to leave the scene of an accident, especially if someone is suffering from life threatening injuries. It’s wrong, and it’s against the law. That said, while some driver flee out of panic, in many cases drivers are driving on a suspended license or driving while under the influence.
Will the driver go to jail?
If and when this driver is caught, they are likely looking at prison time. According to PA Code §75-3742, leaving the scene of an accident where a crash victim dies is looking at a mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment of not less than three years.
Damages after a Pedestrian Death.
While we hope the driver is brought to justice, it should be noted that the criminal courts don’t have the authority to award “damages”.
Families who have lost loved ones in pedestrian collisions may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. These lawsuits seek compensation and closure for family members left behind.
Injured in a hit and run?
If you were injured in a hit and run crash or a loved one was killed in one, contact us right away for a free consultation. While pursuing legal action may be the last thing on your mind, rest assured that insurers are probably already working against you before the dust has even settled. Attorney Edith Pearce has extensive experience tipping the scales in her client’s favor.
In the video below, Attorney Edit Pearce explains that in cases where the driver who caused the crash isn’t found, some people may be able to get compensation for vehicle damage and injuries from their own insurer if they have uninsured motorist coverage.