Binghamton, NY (March 13, 2019) – A 16-year-old student at Binghamton High School has tragically died due to the injuries she suffered after being struck by a motor vehicle on Monday afternoon, March 11th. According to police, 16-year-old Harper Stantz had been walking home after playing tennis with 19-year-old Britney Laserinko when the two girls were struck by an out-of-control vehicle.
The incident was reported to have taken place in the vicinity of Recreation Park on the city’s west side, prompting responses from police and emergency medical crews. Both victims were immediately rushed to Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City with serious injuries. Authorities confirmed that Stantz has since died at the hospital, while Laserinko remains under medical observation at this time.
The vehicle involved in the accident has been confirmed as a Jeep Wrangler operated by Kevin Wilcox, 33, of Harpursville. Wilcox has been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and vehicular assault. No further details have been released.
Unfortunately, New York pedestrian accidents can be seriously injurious or fatal, as there is no protection between the vehicle and the pedestrian at the time of impact, especially when the driver involved has displayed such extreme negligence behind the wheel. Before moving on, we would like to extend our deepest condolences and most heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the loved ones of Harper Stantz during this tragic and upsetting time. We also maintain hope for Britney Laserinko, as she recovers from her injuries.
We realize that it can be extremely difficult for the bereaved family to focus on anything other than their mental and emotional recovery at this time. However, it is imperative to know that you may likely have significant rights in terms of recovering compensation for your loss. At Hach & Rose, we are here for you 24/7 as we have made it our mission to hold negligent and criminal drivers liable for the devastating pain and suffering that they inflict. If you have lost a loved one or suffered an injury in a New York pedestrian accident, please call 212-779-0057 today.
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