Pedestrian Killed by a Drunk Driver on Long Island

August 4, 2011 – Long Island, New York – According to a report from Eyewitness News WABC-TV New York, NY, a pedestrian was killed by a drunk driver on Long Island.  The tragic pedestrian accident took place at around 6 a.m. Monday, July 25, on Route 110, near Ritter Avenue, in North Amityville.  Richard Hughes, 49, of East Islip, was under the influence of alcohol when his 2002 Lincoln Continental struck 2 pedestrians. Merell Jerman, 51, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Breuton Byrd, 18, was transported to Nassau University Medical Center where he is listed in serious condition.  Hughes has been charged with driving while intoxicated.  A pedestrian accident can lead to serious or fatal injuries. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a pedestrian accident or a DWI, your next step should be to seek legal counsel from a Long Island injury attorney.  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 New York motor vehicle accidents that may result in serious injury or traffic fatalities.

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

  • 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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