Trevose, PA (PRWEB) March 13, 2013
A driver believed to have killed a 67-year-old New Jersey woman in a hit and run accident on March 3 in Haddon Township, N.J., has been identified, according to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, which spoke with the South Jersey Times on March 4. Anyone who causes a fatal hit and run accident in New Jersey or Pennsylvania can face serious criminal charges, said Randall C. Flager, a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer at Flager & Yockey.
“This is another sad instance in which someone negligently flees the scene of an accident,” said Flager, whose firm also handles cases in New Jersey. “It’s hard to comprehend how someone could strike another person with a vehicle and not stop and render aid. This is certainly a tragic accident, but it’s a relief to know that the authorities have found the vehicle and identified the driver.”
Blackwood resident Joyce Putmon was crossing Black Horse Pike near Washington Avenue on March 3 at 7 p.m. when she was struck by a pickup truck, the South Jersey Times reported. Putmon was transported to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, where she was pronounced dead 24 minutes later, the newspaper reported.
The pickup truck believed to be involved in the accident has been located by authorities in Gloucester City, N.J., according to the Philadelphia Inquirer on March 4. The truck was missing a headlamp lens and amber turn-signal lens, the newspaper reported.
“Fatal hit and run accidents are among the saddest, most frustrating accidents families must face,” said Philadelphia car accident lawyer Flager. “Nothing can ever bring back a loved one who is killed due to someone’s negligence. But hopefully authorities can prosecute the driver so the family of the victim can get some closure.”
Hit and run accidents account for 18 percent of all pedestrian fatalities nationwide, according to a 2003 study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Such figures are based on a study of pedestrian fatalities between 1998 and 2001. During those years, between 3,612 and 4,003 people died each year in pedestrian accidents. More recently, 4,280 pedestrians were killed and 70,000 were injured in pedestrian accidents nationwide in 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
People should not have to live in fear of being killed or injured while crossing the street, Flager said.
“We don’t yet know why the driver fled the scene of the fatal pedestrian accident in Haddon Township,” Flager said. “Unfortunately, in many cases, drivers flee the scene of the accident because they don’t have insurance or they don’t have a driver’s license. Whatever the reason, there’s no legitimate reason for leaving the scene of a fatal hit and run accident. That’s one of the reasons why we fight so vigorously for families dealing with such a tragic accident.”
For more information about what to do after hit and run accident in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, call (215) 953-5200 or visit Flager & Yockey online at http://www.flageryockey.com.
About Flager & Yockey
Experienced Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers Randall C. Flager and J. Davy Yockey created Flager & Yockey, P.C., in order to provide exceptional legal advice to residents in New Jersey, Philadelphia, Bucks County and throughout Pennsylvania. Their law firm focuses on auto accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, workplace accidents, product liability and slip and fall accidents. Both attorneys and their staff work closely with each client and have a strong track record for obtaining large verdicts and settlements. The law firm works on a contingency fee basis. As a result, clients only pay for legal services if they win.
Flager & Yockey’s office is located at One Northbrook Corporate Center, 1210 Northbrook Drive, Suite 280, Trevose, PA 19053.