Staten Island Woman Killed in Wrong-Way Crash

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Police have identified the victim in a fatal wrong-way crash that occurred in Staten Island on April 26, SI Live reports.

Christine Dahlstrom, 32, was riding as a passenger in a 2012 Ford SUV when it was hit by a 2018 Lexus SUV near the intersection of Arden Avenue and Annadale Road. Dahlstrom was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders. The 35-year-old driver of the Ford was taken to Staten Island University Hospital in Ocean Breeze and is in stable condition.

Police are still searching for the driver of the Lexus, which was reported as stolen. After colliding with Dahlstrom’s Ford, the Lexus caromed into an unoccupied, parked 2018 BMW, then into an unoccupied, parked 2019 Ford SUV. The driver then fled on foot.

Securing Financial Compensation Following a Hit-and-Run Accident

The number of hit-and-run accidents has been on the rise over the last several years, according to a research brief compiled by AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety. Unfortunately, the vast majority of motorists responsible for these accidents are never arrested.

There are two different modes for securing financial compensation for medical bills and other expenses following a hit-and-run accident, depending on the particulars of the incident. If the guilty party was not apprehended, then a claim should be made against the victim’s auto insurance policy, which should have a provision for uninsured and underinsured motorists (called a UM/UIM clause). This is called a first party claim.

However, if the guilty party has been identified, a third party claim should be filed against their insurance provider. The exception to this rule is if the guilty party does not have an auto insurance policy, or if their insurance is insufficient to cover the damages. In this case, the victim’s UM/UIM clause should be employed.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a hit-and-run accident and you’ve been unable to secure the financial compensation you deserve, the compassionate attorneys at Finz & Finz, P.C., may be able to help. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our experienced New York hit and run accident lawyers.