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Queens, NY – Police Continue Investigation into Fatal Pedestrian Accident

Queens, NY (January 6, 2019) – This past week, a fatal pedestrian accident took place in Queens involving an unlicensed driver and police continue their investigation into the matter.

The accident allegedly took place at 37th Avenue and 81st Street around 1 p.m. when a 43-year-old driver struck the victim who had been crossing the street at the time. The driver then drove over the pedestrian with her front right tire before she put the vehicle into reverse and drove back over the victim another time.

The pedestrian was rushed to the hospital in critical condition but, unfortunately, was pronounced dead while there. Her identity has not yet been released.

The driver was soon identified as Vitaliana Garcia Gavilan, who stayed at the scene of the accident. She is now facing charges of failure to yield, aggravated unlicensed operation, and driving with a suspended license. There was also a child in the vehicle at the time of the accident. The child is now in the care of another family member.

Pedestrian Accidents in New York

Queens, NY – Police Continue Investigation into Fatal Pedestrian Accident

In New York, pedestrian accidents rarely lead to positive results. Unfortunately, many pedestrians will either be injured or lose their lives in these horrific and life-changing accidents every year. We would like to take this time to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the pedestrian who lost their life in this serious accident and hope that they will be able to find peace and comfort at this time.

Our wrongful death attorneys at Hach & Rose have handled a wide variety of pedestrian accidents across New York. If you have had to say goodbye to a loved one due to the reckless acts of another party, we would like to offer our support to you during this time. With over a decade of experience in these cases, we have the knowledge to help you during one of the most devastating times of your family’s life. Contact us today for more information at 212-779-0057.

Note: Secondary sources were used to create this piece and, because of this, the information included has not been independently verified. If you notice a factual issue with our posting, please bring it to our attention and we will correct or remove it as soon as possible.

Disclaimer: Our intent in these posts it to bring attention to the dangers members in our community face and to encourage caution. Accidents do happen and we hope these posts help those affected. However, this information should not be misconstrued as legal or medical advice, and we urge you to contact a trained legal professional for more information regarding your specific situation.


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