A Flatlands man is facing a list of charges after a fatal hit-and-run in Brooklyn, according to ABC Eyewitness News. Allegedly, 41-year-old Paul Griffin, of E. 84th Street in Flatlands, struck 14-year-old Devonte Jeffers on Flatlands Avenue between 54th and 55th Streets. As the young teen lay dying in the street, Griffin tried to get away, according to reports. He was eventually caught by officers just a block from the accident, at the corner of Avenue I and 55th Street.
Jeffers was walking across Flatlands Avenue on a trip to the bodega for his mother. He was walking back to his sister’s apartment just a block away when he was struck. Griffin was driving a 2011 red Ford Econoline van with “Island Taping and Plastering” written on the passenger door. After being apprehended, he refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test, and was promptly arrested. Griffin was initially charged with leaving the scene of an accident with serious injuries and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, as he was driving without a license. Further charges are pending.
Witnesses reportedly claimed that after teenager Devonte Jeffers was hit by the van, a woman claiming to be a nurse appeared and tried to do chest compressions. According to New York Daily News, Jeffers was brought to Kings County Hospital and was listed in critical condition, but his injuries were too severe to survive. Jeffers’ Aunt, Sharon Pemberton, reported that her nephew was called “DJ Fresh” for his love of music and that he was a quiet, respectable young boy.
Sadly, serious auto accidents are not uncommon. When they involve a pedestrian, car accidents often lead to debilitating injuries or premature death. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident caused by another driver, you may be eligible to receive compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. As finding out who is at fault for an accident must be done soon after the accident, do not hesitate to contact a dedicated New York auto accident attorney to find out if you could possibly be entitled to pursue compensation.