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Freeport, NY – Parents and Child Struck by Drunk Driver in Serious Pedestrian Accident

Freeport, NY (May 28, 2019) – A suspected drunk driver jumped a curb and struck a small family on Long Island, Monday afternoon, May 27th. The incident took place around 4:00 p.m. on West Merrick Road, according to police.

Authorities were called to the scene, where it was determined that 66-year-old Mitchell Messling was traveling along the aforenamed road in a BMW when he went onto the sidewalk and struck the three pedestrians. According to police, the victims were a family consisting of two parents and an 11-year-old boy.

A medical helicopter was called to the scene, where it airlifted the boy to Cohen Children’s Medical Center in Queens, and both of the parents were transported to Nassau Medical Center via ground ambulance. All injuries appear to be non-life-threatening at this time.

Messling was ultimately determined to have been driving under the influence of alcohol and was subsequently arrested. He has since been charged with second-degree vehicular assault, second-degree assault, and two counts of DWI, among other charges.

Pedestrian Accidents in New York

Freeport, NY – Parents and Child Struck by Drunk Driver in Serious Pedestrian Accident

Our most genuinely sincere sympathies are wholeheartedly extended to all three victims, first and foremost, as we maintain hope for their full recoveries. New York pedestrian accidents are often seriously injurious or fatal, particularly when a child and a seriously reckless driver are involved. At this time, it is important for the victims to know that they may have very serious rights moving forward.

Our New York accident attorneys at Hach & Rose have dedicated their lives to those who have suffered due to the actions of a negligent or blatantly criminal party. We understand that there is nearly nothing as overwhelming as a sudden injury, and we are here for you 24/7 to answer any questions you may have.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a New York pedestrian accident or other crash caused by a negligent party, please don’t hesitate to call 212-779-0057 today.

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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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