Last Updated: 7/14/2020
A pedestrian was injured after a suspected drunk driver crashed into a parked vehicle, which then collided with the pedestrian, in Wyandanch on Saturday, November 16.
Police say that 33-year-old Tasena Jennings, of West Babylon, was driving northbound on North 20th Street in a 1999 Lincoln Navigator when she struck a parked 2003 GMC with an occupant inside at around 7:10 p.m.
The GMC then struck 19-year-old Cyasia Forney, of Bellport, who was hospitalized at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip with minor injuries.
Police say that Jennings fled the scene and was later found on Conklin Avenue shortly after 8 p.m. Officers determined that she had been driving with a 4-year-old boy in the vehicle when the crash occurred – neither she nor the child suffered injuries.
Another 19-year-old woman was inside of the GMC, but she was not injured.
Jennings has been charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child passenger 15 years or younger, endangering the welfare of a child, leaving the scene of an accident with an injury, and two counts of criminal contempt.
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville of Banville Law is a personal injury lawyer who helps people who have been injured by drunk drivers recover the financial compensation they need and deserve. Laurence has offered to share some general information on the legal rights of those who have been in an accident by drunk driver hit and runs in New York:
If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver in New York, you may have grounds for one or more types of lawsuits, which can help you secure financial compensation for your personal and financial setbacks caused by your injuries.
In New York and every other state, people injured by drunk drivers may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who injured them. But there are some types of crashes where there are also grounds for a dram shop lawsuit, which is filed against an alcohol vendor who served alcohol to the person who caused the injuries.
In order to have grounds for a dram shop lawsuit against an alcohol vendor in New York, one of the following two circumstances must apply:
In either of these situations, someone who has been injured by a drunk driver in New York may have grounds for a dram shop claim.
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a crash with a drunk driver, you can learn more about your legal rights by speaking with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers in a free consultation.