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Car accidents: 1 dead following incident with pickup truck

When teenagers reach the age of 18, they often feel that they are on top of the world. As they reach official adulthood, many have graduated from high school and have moved on to their next adventure. While some choose to seek employment, others decide to pursue higher education and enjoy college life. This normally happy period in a young adult's life turned tragic recently when a New York college student was involved in a fender bender. Most car accidents of this nature are minor; however, what followed the initial collision proved to be fatal.

An 18-year-old female student from Long Island was driving eastbound in her sport utility vehicle on a turnpike. A pickup truck attempting to turn toward the east struck her vehicle, according to police. After the collision, the drivers of both vehicles pulled off the road. However, when the woman exited her vehicle, the driver of the truck ran into her. According to witnesses, the driver drove away, leaving the woman lying on the road.

The woman, a student at Adelphi University majoring in biology, was transported to a nearby hospital. She was pronounced dead from injuries to her head and chest. Nassau County police are continuing to search for the driver of the truck.

Tragedies like this seem even more heartbreaking when they are caused by hit-and-run car accidents and could have been avoided. Survivors of victims in these situations may decide to pursue wrongful death litigation. A favorable outcome in a lawsuit will not bring back a loved one. However, a monetary reward can compensate family members for funeral expenses, and pain and suffering for their loss. A New York personal injury attorney can help families navigate the litigation process.

Source: NBC New York, "College Student Run Over, Killed by Pickup Driver After Minor Car Accident: Police", Greg Cergol, Nov. 10, 2017

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