NYC Prosecutors Seek Tougher Charges in Fatal Hit and Run

December 3, 2010 – NY, NY – As reported by the, New York City prosecutors are seeking witnesses to the hit-and-run accident that left an Upper West Side woman dead on Friday, November 26th. Prosecutors are asking witnesses to the accident to come forward and offer details about the accident, so that they may pursue more serious charges.  The accident occurred when Margaret Fisher, who was 67, was crossing West 93rd Street and was struck by a speeding vehicle driven by 24-year-old Jessica Altruz. According to a witness, Fisher was thrown into the air after being struck by Altruz’s vehicle. One block up the road, a civilian stopped Altruz, who was later charged with leaving the scene of a deadly accident.  Altruz is currently being held on $100,000 bail. Prosecutors in the case are hoping to find witnesses who may have taken cell-phone video footage of the accident.  According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, there were 1,156 fatalities as a result of traffic accidents in the state of New York.

To help raise awareness of traffic safety in the New York area, our firm will frequently publish blogs about traffic accidents that occur throughout the 5 boroughs and beyond. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of motor vehicle accidents that occur in New York that may result in serious injury or traffic fatalities.

Among the most common types of traffic accidents in New York are:

  • accidents caused by hazardous road conditions;
  • single-vehicle crashes;
  • rollover accidents; and
  • “distracted driver” accidents or crashes caused by intoxicated drivers.

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