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Man Arrested for Pedestrian Hit and Run
David Arcuri, 28, of Walden, was arrested after hitting a pedestrian and fleeing the scene of the accident. Arcuri was driving along state Route 208 in New Paltz, NY when he hit the unnamed individual who was walking in the shoulder. He immediately drove off, and the pedestrian was taken to MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie with serious injuries. The pedestrian is expected to recover. In order to find the driver, New Paltz police pursued witness-provided leads and reached out to local body shops to find customers who recently reported the sort of damage that would be incurred from hitting a person. Police found Arcuri’s car in the body shop and found further evidence in the car which linked it to the hit-and-run. Police report that Arcuri claimed he had hit a deer when he took his car to a local body shop and, on that basis, filed a claim with his car insurer for the repairs associated with the accident. Arcuri is being charged with leaving the scene of an auto accident resulting in serious physical injury, assault, and insurance fraud for falsifying his insurance claim for the body work. Arcuri ultimately surrendered to the New Paltz police.
Leaving the scene of an accident when only property damage is at issue carries a maximum penalty of 15 days in jail and a $250 fine. However, when an individual is seriously injured in a crash, the act of leaving the scene of an accident without providing name or insurance information becomes a class E felony. This crime carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison and a fine of between $1000 and $5000, in addition to possible civil liability. For victims of a hit and run accident, it is important to ensure that a police report is made as soon as possible after the accident. This allows the police to begin looking for the driver in question as soon as possible after the accident, before any damage to the vehicle can be fully repaired or other evidence of the crash is lost. If the driver is not found, this allows you to have a police report to use in making an uninsured motorist claim with your insurance company, or to make a claim with the Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Corporation (MVAIC) commissioner, if you do not have your own uninsured motorist coverage.
The police have ways to investigate hit-and-run accidents to ensure that the party leaving the scene is held responsible. If you’ve been the victim of a hit-and-run accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the costs of repairing your vehicle, medical bills, or pain and suffering. Contact the experienced car accident attorneys at Basch & Keegan for help pursuing the compensation to which you may be entitled. Call from anywhere in Ulster, Dutchess, or Orange County for a free consultation: (845) 338-8884.