On May 18, 2017, around 11:54 a.m., Richard Rojas was arrested when he was driving south on Seventh Avenue through Times Square and struck a series of pedestrians. Police have announced that the hit and run has killed an 18-year-old woman and has injured 22 other people. The injuries are so severe that several people have been left in critical condition.
The cause of the accident is still unknown, but Rojas tested positive for drug use and has two priors for driving while intoxicated. The driver, Richard Rojas, tried to run after his vehicle finally came to a stop, but was stopped by a bouncer of a nearby bar. Rojas was charged Friday morning with one count of second-degree murder, 20 counts of attempted murder, and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide.
One person was killed and at least 22 were injured when a car struck pedestrians in New York’s Times Square. The driver of the car has been taken into custody. By MALACHY BROWNE, AINARA TIEFENTHÄLER and NEETI UPADHYE on Publish DateMay 18, 2017. Photo by Mary Altaffer/Associated Press. Watch in Times Video »
Drivers are obligated to follow the traffic laws set out by the State of New York. If they have been involved in an accident, they are required to stop and are typically required to alert the police. Depending on the severity, a driver in an accident should also contact emergency services. Furthermore, there is also a duty to exchange contact and insurance information. Unfortunately, drivers in accidents don’t always follow these obligations. When a driver fails to stop after the accident and proceeds in a “hit and run,” they are liable to the other driver or pedestrian for compensation for any damages they may have incurred in the accident.
Hit and runs are very serious and are traumatic to both the victims and their family members. If you have been a victim of a hit and run, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages you may have for any medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You should contact a personal injury attorney immediately. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff are experienced in handling these types of cases and can get you the justice that you deserve.