Driver charged for hitting gir and not reporting it

A 57-year-old New Jersey man was arrested after he allegedly struck a 13-year-old girl with his car in Plainfield and then drove her home without reporting the accident. The incident took place on Feb. 27 at approximately 7:30 a.m.

According to authorities, the girl was walking to school along Pemberton Avenue when a man in a gold Toyota Camry hit her near the intersection of Plainfield Avenue. The driver stopped to render aid and drove the girl to her home. He left her in front of her house without reporting the crash to her parents or police. The girl's family contacted police and took her to JFK Medical Center in Edison for treatment of bruises, abrasions and a bump to the head. She was released later that day.

A witness to the crash gave police a description of the man and the car that struck the girl. Police were able to track the vehicle to a home on Oxford Avenue in Plainfield. When questioned, the man admitted he had hit the girl and panicked because he was driving with a suspended license. His Toyota had damage to the front end and hood. The driver gave a full statement and was issued court summonses for careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and driving with a suspended license.

An auto-pedestrian accident can result in very serious injuries or death for the pedestrian. If a negligent or hit-and-run driver caused the crash, the injured victim may wish to pursue a lawsuit against the at-fault driver in civil court. With the help of an motor vehicle accident lawyer, the victim may be awarded compensation for hospital bills, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering and other damages. A lawyer can review such a client's case and recommend the appropriate course of legal action.

Source: NJ.com, "Plainfield man struck teen with car, drove her home, didn't report accident, police say", Jessica Remo, Feb. 27, 2015

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