NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The City Council passed a measure Tuesday that would impose stiff fines on drivers in the five boroughs who leave the scene of an accident.
Drivers who leave the scene of any type of accident could face up to $10,000 in civil penalties.READ MORE: Police On Hunt For Occupant Of Black Or Dark Blue Honda Wanted In Westfield, N.J. Home Invasion And Sexual Assault
“We are establishing, for the first time, civil penalties that we hope will be a deterrent to those who would do something so inhumane and cruel as to leave a fellow New Yorker dying in the street,” he said.
As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, the bill was passed nearly a year to the day when 19-year-old City College student Luis Bravo was hit and killed by a driver who left the scene in Woodside, Queens.
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