New Jersey police say that two brothers were struck by a vehicle while they were walking home from a movie theater on Nov. 14 at about 9:50 p.m. The hit-and-run accident occurred in North Bergen between 31st Street and 32nd Street near Kennedy Boulevard. Police are still searching for the red Nissan Rogue that hit the two pedestrians, according to sources.
Officers say that the Nissan went over the curb, struck the two brothers and then left the scene. Another individual who was walking with the injured victims was able to avoid being hit. One of the brothers, a minor, suffered critical injuries after he was thrown onto an iron fence. He was taken to Jersey City Medical Center but then later transferred to Hackensack Medical Center for Pediatric Surgery.
The second brother, a 20-year-old man, suffered serious injuries to his leg, and he was also taken to Jersey City Medical Center. Sources say that he needed surgery for his leg. Both brothers remain in critical condition.
After a pedestrian accident where a driver flees the crash scene, officers might analyze evidence left behind to determine who that individual was. Once he or she is found, a victim might want to file a personal injury claim for reimbursement of medical expenses as well as compensation for pain and suffering. This type of claim is filed in civil court and is independent of any criminal charges. However, if charges are filed, a lawyer could cite them as evidence of the at-fault driver's negligence.
Source: CBS New York , "Brothers, 11 And 20, Critically Injured In North Bergen Hit-And-Run", November 15, 2014