A hit and run truck driver in Bethpage struck two bicyclists on Wednesday morning, killing one and leaving the second in serious condition. According to police, 32-year-old Stephen Marano and another man were bicycling southbound on Hicksville Road when a white box truck struck them and fled the scene at 6:05 a.m. Both men were taken to an area hospital where Marano was pronounced dead a little over an hour later.
"We've been seeing a lot of hit and run accidents around Long Island. It's just a terrible, cowardly act to leave an accident you caused," commented personal injury lawyer Neal Goldstein. "It's important for witnesses and anyone with information to notify police. If you don't want to give your name, you can also call crime stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS-all calls to this line remain anonymous."
These calls can make a difference. "We recently settled a hit and run case where a witness was able to give a description of the car and a license plate number. Every tip can help find these cowards so it's crucial to call if you think you have any useful information," said Goldstein.
It's also important to know that if you are a victim of a hit and run accident, even when the perpetrator can't be found, compensation can be still be pursued through other sources. Sometimes the injury victim's own uninsured motorist insurance can be used. In New York, the Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Corporation (MVAIC) was established to help provide another source of coverage for those in accidents with unidentified or uninsured drivers. Our article, Actions You Need to Take If You're a Victim of a Hit and Run Accident, provides essential information you'll want to know.
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