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A bicycle accident doesn’t take much to be turned into a tragic incident. Bicyclists do not have the same protection that other motorists do, making them increasingly vulnerable to injuries in an accident. Sadly, in some cases, a bicycle accident can result in the wrongful death of the bicyclist. This seems to be the case for a young boy in New York.

The young boy, who was in the eighth grade, was riding his bicycle around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, when he was hit by a vehicle. Unfortunately, the driver did not stay to make sure he was OK, and instead fled from the scene immediately. The boy was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Luckily, an individual who witnessed the fatal accident followed the driver to a home nearby the crash site and phoned police. The police were able to apprehend and arrest the man. The 23-year-old has been charged with driving while intoxicated, vehicular manslaughter, failure to keep right and leaving the accident scene.

For the family of this eighth grade boy, the grieving process is going to take time, and sadly, they may never feel the same. And while they may not want to think about money, a wrongful death claim may be appropriate in these circumstances. The police report as well as all the evidence surrounding fatal New York accidents can help determine what course of action, if any, surviving family members may choose to pursue. Even while grieving, families of lost loved ones find that a successful wrongful death claim can act as some measure of justice served while also providing reimbursement for damages suffered.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, “Cops: NY teenager killed in hit-and-run accident,” May 4, 2012