According to Syracuse.com, on September 19th around 12:30 a.m. a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old were walking along Route 176 in Hannibal, NY.
Christopher Rodgers was driving down the highway when he hit both of the teenage girls. Rodgers drove away from the scene after the crash.
One victim died at the scene and the other was hospitalized after sustaining serious injuries.
Rodgers was found later and was arrested for second-degree vehicular manslaughter, second-degree vehicular assault, leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident, and driving while intoxicated.
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville represents victims of drunk driving accidents in New York and helps them recover the financial compensation they deserve. Laurence has shared some insight on the legal options available to drunk driving crash victims in the state of New York:
In all 50 states, victims injured by drunk drivers or family members of victims killed by drunk drivers are able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver. However, this may not be their only legal option.
Under certain circumstances, some states have dram shop laws that allow the victim to sue the alcohol vendor for serving the driver alcohol prior to the crash. In New York, an alcohol vendor or social host may be sued in a dram shop lawsuit if they provided alcohol to a driver who was either under 21 years old or visibly intoxicated.