The New York Post reports today on “Drivers who hit people on sidewalks not being prosecuted” including the motorist who struck and killed a Brooklyn Heights resident last month. Reckless NYC drivers have killed three people and seriously injured two in just the last 30 days the paper says.
NY Post: In another case, driver John McKinney, an ex-con with a history of drug arrests, walked free after hitting Emmy-winning TV producer Martha Atwater. She was killed Feb. 22 coming out of a Brooklyn bakery.
The absence of criminal charges against any one of those drivers illustrates the need for New York to reform its vehicular-crime laws, according to Steve Vaccaro, a lawyer who specializes in representing pedestrians hit by motor vehicles.
Under the law, when drivers haven’t been drinking, prosecutors must first find “recklessness” when applying the most serious criminal charges.
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