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Police hit 13-year old in response to dispatch call

For several months now, New York City residents have heard about various efforts by the local government aimed at cracking down on speeding in the city. People who are caught speeding on area streets can face high fines, the addition of points on their driving records or even the potential for drivers’ license suspensions. In some cases, jail sentences may even be ordered.

Most reports about people who are found guilty of speeding or that receive speeding tickets give the impression that the drivers may be reckless or irresponsible in some way. While this may be true in some cases, it is not necessarily always so. Additionally, even those individuals that are tasked with upholding the law can at times be in the middle of challenging situations. One example of this is an accident that occurred at E. 170th and North Grand Concourse in the Bronx that sent a 13-year old girl to Jacobi Hospital in the wee hours of the morning.

While making her way through the crosswalk on foot, the girl was struck by a speeding police car on its way to the scene of an alleged stabbing. Witnesses indicated that the police officer had just ticketed another driver before leaving that scene in a hurry and hitting the girl. According to reports, the girl did have the right-of-way in the crosswalk. The news story did not indicate if the officer driving the car was cited.

Sometimes there are reasons that drivers could receive tickets or exceed speed limits without meaning that they are irresponsible or reckless. Anyone who gets a ticket in New York may consider talking to an attorney to get help with the traffic ticket defense.

Source: New York Post, “Girl struck by cop car speeding through crosswalk,” Natasha Velez and Gabrielle Fonrouge, June 21, 2014

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