In New Jersey, it's not uncommon to hear about people being struck by cars while they're on walks in heavy traffic areas. Pedestrian accidents often take place due to drivers' negligence, and when that's the case, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. If you've lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, you may also be able to seek compensation for his or her death, pain and suffering, funeral costs and medical costs. This pedestrian accident that took place nearby in New York may be similar to your case. The accident resulted in the death of the pedestrian, and now the suspected drunk driver has been charged.
The news from July 5 claims that a man driving a rental car struck an unidentified pedestrian while he was in Jackson Heights at approximately 4:30 a.m. The man, a 42-year-old from Florida, had previously had a conviction for driving while intoxicated, and police indicated that the man did not have a license at the time of the crash. The victim died after being struck by the man, and police on the scene reported that the driver would not take a Breathalyzer test. He was driving with a 35-year-old female passenger, reports claim, and they were both injured after striking the pedestrian and then crashing into a parked car. They were taken to a local hospital for minor injuries. There were witnesses at the scene who were able to describe the accident to the cops. It's been suspected so far that the man was drunk at the time of the accident, and he has been charged with vehicular manslaughter. It's not clear if he'll also be charged for driving without a license, but it's possible since that is also illegal.
Source: NJ Herald, "Suspected drunk driver charged in deadly NYC crash," July 5, 2014