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Driver flees crash scene after hitting church van

A hit-and-run driver struck a church van in New York on Friday, April 22. The collision happened shortly before 11 p.m. while the 2000 Dodge van was traveling in Jamaica, Queens. According to the New York City Police Department, the van was hit by a 2016 Ford sedan that had failed to stop at a red light while going south on Princeton Street.

After T-boning the van, the Ford driver exited his vehicle and fled the scene of the auto accident on foot. The van tipped over, injuring the six people who were inside. The occupants of the van were a 23-year-old woman, a 22-year-old man, a 20-year-old woman, a 15-year-old girl and two 3-year-old boys. All of the victims were treated at Jamaica Hospital for minor injuries.

When a report about the accident was released two days afterward, police had still not located the hit-and-run driver. Reports indicate that all of the victims from the accident are expected to recover from their injuries. The van belonged to a religious community called HopeNYC, and the hit-and-run driver was using a rented vehicle. Several parked cars were also hit during the crash.

In a hit-and-run accident, injured victims may be unsure how to pursue compensation for their damages. In some cases, the uninsured motorist portion of the insurance policy of the driver of the vehicle that was collided with by the fleeing driver may provide some coverage. If the negligent driver can be identified, an attorney can often assist in seeking additional compensation.

Source: ABC 7, "6 people hurt after church van flips in Queens hit-and-run," April 24, 2016

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