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Hit-and-run driver mows down wheelchair-bound man

It's hard to imagine the mindset of a driver who can hit and injure a pedestrian and then flee the scene without checking on the person's condition. It's even harder to fathom how a motorist could mow down a man in a wheelchair and take off, yet that is what happened recently in Jersey City.

Police were seeking the driver of the white Windstar minivan who hit the man on Friday, Nov. 18 in the intersection of Kennedy Boulevard and Claremont Avenue.

Witnesses saw the accident, which occurred as the man was making his way towards a local senior center. According to one of his friends, "The morning of the accident, he was on his way here early because he was going to teach me the computer to play music and movies."

Other witnesses saw the impact that tossed the disabled man from his motorized wheelchair, leaving it mangled on the street. The man -- who is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis -- was seriously injured. Reportedly, he was left with a punctured lung, broken ribs and a leg injury.

Because this accident had witnesses, it's possible that police will eventually be able to track down the hit-and-run driver. Sometimes, they are able to do this by seeking out local body shops that may have repaired damage to the part of the car that struck the pedestrian.

Hit-and-runs are one of the harder claims to successfully receive compensation for, due to the nature of the accident. When they involve pedestrians, often the victim's injuries are so severe that it takes more effort than they are able to expend to pursue justice in the matter.

These types of cases are best handled by personal injury attorneys who can thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the hit-and-run.

Source: WABC-TV, "Police looking for hit and run driver who struck man in wheelchair in Jersey City," Nov. 22, 2016

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