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Driver Charged in Metuchen Hit & Run of Utility Worker

A 51-year-old utility worker was walking in a crosswalk on March 2, 2020 when he was suddenly struck by a pickup truck. That pickup truck, a white Ford F-250 then fled the scene of the accident which lead to a search being instituted by the Metuchen Police Department. The police reached out to the public asking for any witnesses to come forward with information they had.

On March 3, 2020 one witness did come forward, an 18-year-old man from Toms River. The police then further investigated this witness and determined that he was actually the driver of the vehicle. Paddy Flynn, 18, of Toms River was charged with aggravated assault in the second degree, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in serious bodily injury in the third degree, and various motor vehicle summonses. The 51-year-old who was struck by the pickup truck remains in critical condition. Our thoughts are with the family of the victim and wish the utility worker a safe recovery. (via Middlesex County NJ)

Hit & Run Cases

Vehicle and pedestrian collisions can be one of the most deadly accidents that occur on the roadway. Due to the vulnerability of pedestrians when coming in contact with cars it is important for motorists to obey designated areas for pedestrians such as cross-walks and always obey posted speed limit signs to make braking for unpredictable events easier. Motor vehicle laws are in place not only to protect the fellow motoring public but also to ensure pedestrians on the side of roads and those crossing roads in designated areas remain safe.

Failure to comply with the rules of the road can result in fellow motorists or pedestrians being needlessly killed or injured. Clark Law Firm has a long history of bringing justice to those who have been the victims of other reckless endangerment in cases such as the following.

On September 2, 2014, at approximately 5:44 p.m., a client of our law firm client was walking in the Shoprite of Aberdeen parking lot with her family. Defendant, was parked in the fire lane at the Aberdeen Shoprite when he put his motor vehicle into drive and accelerated at a high rate of speed striking our client.  Our client tried to push her son, out of the way of the motor vehicle, in doing so she was struck by the vehicle.  Defendant’s vehicle subsequently backed over our client as well. The impact causing out client to get trapped between the vehicle and the cart return. Her leg and foot were trapped underneath the tire of the Defendant’s vehicle as Defendant kept accelerating his tire on top of her. His car eventually was freed and he fled the scene of the accident. Our client suffered a left ankle distal tibia fracture and a left knee tibial plateau fracture which necessitated surgery. She also suffered 2nd-degree burns from the tire.

Our client’s counsel, Stephanie Tolnai, Esq. showed the defendant failed to properly obey motor vehicle laws and operated his vehicle in a careless manner. Defendant’s counsel alleged that defendant had not taken his diabetes medicine and that he had gone into severe hypoglycemia. Defendant’s attorney’s further alleged that “Plaintiff failed to make proper observations, failed to be attentive, failed to cross within a crosswalk, failed to observe applicable statutes, failed to take evasive action, failed to use that degree of caution commensurate for plaintiff’s own safety and failed to use reasonable care under the circumstances.” Despite the video evidence above, Defendant’s counsel still insisted on blaming the Plaintiff for this accident. This is a common occurrence in these cases where Defense will say the Plaintiff is at fault when their insured is clearly liable. Plaintiff’s expert opined that Mr. Winters as someone who has had diabetes for years had ample time to check his blood sugar and take the appropriate steps to avoid hypoglycemia. Defendant’s inaction resulted in the permanent injuries of our client. The case was ultimately settled for $480,000.00.