A driver who struck a mother and her two children in Brooklyn on July 2 is being sought by authorities after it was discovered the vehicle he was driving was stolen. The car accident resulted in the death of one of the two girls struck, New York police have reported. The man reportedly fled the scene on foot.
Witness reports state the driver of the allegedly stolen minivan lost control of the vehicle in the late afternoon at Flatlands and 46th. The minivan jumped the curb and struck three people waiting for a bus -- a 38-year-old mother and her two daughters, ages 9 and 12. The minivan apparently flipped on top of them.
Witnesses helped to lift the van off the victims ahead of emergency services arriving. All three were rushed to a local hospital with serious injuries, and the 12-year-old girl later succumbed and was pronounced dead. The status of the other two victims is unknown at this time. Police are on the lookout for the driver, who fled the scene following the accident, and are urging the public to come forward with tips if they have any information about the suspect.
The tragedy of this car accident is only magnified by the fact that the individual who caused it is still at large, but it is likely New York authorities will catch up with him and file criminal charges. In addition to those charges, the injured parties will be entitled to file personal injury suits against him, as well as a wrongful death suit for the loss of their sister and daughter. While civil in nature, these suits would rely upon evidence from the criminal case.
Source: CBS New York, "Police: Driver Strikes Mom, 2 Kids In Brooklyn; 1 Girl Dead", , July 2, 2014