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2 New Jersey brothers seriously injured in hit-and-run

North Bergen law enforcement authorities reported that a hit-and-run pedestrian accident on Nov. 14 resulted in serious injuries to two brothers, aged 11 and 20. According to reports, the brothers were walking on the sidewalk along Kennedy Boulevard between 31st and 32nd streets around 9:50 p.m. when the collision occurred.

Witnesses reported that a red Nissan Rogue jumped over the curb and struck both brothers, who were leaving a Columbia Park movie theater with their sister, before speeding off. The vehicle reportedly had tinted windows. The 11-year-old was tossed through the air by the force of the impact and transfixed by an iron fence while his 20-year-old brother, who was also struck, apparently had one leg detached by the force of the collision; their 15-year-old sister was not struck.

Responding emergency personnel first transported the 11-year-old to Jersey City Medical Center. He was later transferred to Hackensack Medical Center for Pediatric Surgery. According to the Hudson County Sheriff's Department, one of the brothers is in "grave" condition. His injuries have apparently required him to undergo brain surgery. His condition was described as "touch-and-go."

Officers stated that the suspect's vehicle exhibits extensive damage to its right passenger front. They are analyzing the passenger-side fender and headlight that were left at the scene of the accident and have asked anyone with information to contact them.

When pedestrians suffer serious personal injuries in a car accident due to the recklessness or negligence of a driver, the driver may be held civilly liable for his or her actions in causing the accident and resulting injuries. In very egregious cases such as this one, the driver, when found, is certain to face severe criminal penalties as well. While a criminal conviction can bring a sense of justice to the victims' family, it is unlikely to address the financial hardships and sense of loss they experience as a result of the accident. A personal injury lawsuit could recover compensation for pecuniary and non-pecuniary damages alike to ease their burden.

Source: CBS New York , "Brothers, 11 And 20, Critically Injured In North Bergen Hit-And-Run", November 15, 2014

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