NEW YORK — A toddler crossing the street with his grandmother was hit by a taxi that then fled the accident scene in Queens, police said. The toddler, Mason Castillo, was walking to a daycare facility in Long Island City when the accident sent him to the hospital.
Family members told reporters that Mason Castillo was taken to New York Presbyterian-Will Cornell Medical Center with a broken leg and several broken bones in his skull. Over the weekend, the 2-year-old underwent surgery, and will likely need months of rehabilitation.
According to NYPD data, there were over 46,000 hit-and-run accidents on New York streets last year. That’s up nearly 30% since 2013. More than 5,000 of those accidents resulted in injuries to an innocent party.
Officers tracked down the vehicle and arrested the suspected driver, Ramanpreet Singh, 20, who is now charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to yield, and failure to use due care while operating a motor vehicle.
According to reports, Singh recently received his TLC license in March.
What To Do After A Hit-And-Run Accident
If someone you know has recently been the victim of a hit-and-run, these can be trying and difficult times. Many hit-and-run crashes go unsolved, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t get compensation for any injuries sustained in the crash.
Of course, it’s important to back-up your story with as much evidence as possible. The Queens car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes explain what you should do after this type of accident:
- Get as much information as possible about the car and driver. This information includes:
- The license plate number
- Make, model and color of the car
- The location and time of the accident
- Take pictures! It may be hard to photograph the vehicle if it sped away, but there are plenty of other pictures that could be useful, including:
- Pictures of any property damage (damage to your own vehicle)
- Photos of your injuries. Some injuries can heal over time, so it’s important to document their severity as soon as possible.
- Talk to witnesses. Especially on the busy streets of New York City, there were likely witnesses nearby. Speak to them and get their contact information. Most people are more than willing to help your cause!
- File A Claim. Even if you don’t know who hit you, it could be possible to get compensation under other insurance coverage.
Thousands of New Yorkers of all ages are injured by hit-and-run drivers every year, and a Queens car accident lawyer could help you and your family get the best result possible. An experienced car accident lawyer in Queens will fully investigate your claim, and assemble the evidence you need to be able to get compensation for the injuries a person has suffered as a result of this kind of accident.
If you choose to contact Cellino & Barnes, our team of trial lawyers will help investigate your claim and explain your options so that you can make the best decision for your family.
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