Man Charged with Felony DWI After Hit-and-Run Crash

by William Mattar | May 21st, 2012

May 16, 2012

A Lockport, New York, man was arrested in the village of Alden on the night of Sunday, May 13, after he struck another driver from behind and then fled the crash site.

According to BuffaloNews.com, the 47-year-old driver was traveling on Broadway at 9:50 p.m. when he hit a vehicle driven by a 56-year-old woman, significantly damaging both vehicles. The driver did not stop, instead continuing to travel east away from the accident site.

However, troopers located the man—determined to be intoxicated after taking a blood test at a nearby hospital—within 15 minutes, on Route 20 in the Town of Darien. He was arrested on a pair of felony counts—DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation, but has also been charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.

State police say the offending driver was driving with a suspended license and had previously been convicted of DWI.

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles reports that in 2010, nearly 187,566 people in New York were seriously injured in car accidents, and more than 1,100 people lost their lives. The Car Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of William Mattar urge drivers not to drink and drive, to put down the phone, and keep the pedal off the metal to prevent more New York car accidents.