A pedestrian was hit and killed by Michael Rafaloski early Sunday morning in Brookline. The victim was Sean Conroy, a CPA with a promising career ahead of him. Police and investigators were able to piece the scene together to determine the vehicle involved. They found it within hours parked in a driveway. Rafaloski admitted that he did not stop until he got home and was unaware of what he hit. There were three others in the vehicle with him who all verified that he hit something, but did not stop to look. Rafaloski was tested two hours after accident with a blood alcohol content of .129. He faces charges of DUI, homicide by vehicle, and reckless driving all while driving with an expired license.
It can be confusing and frightening if you are involved in a pedestrian accident. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
1. Don’t leave the scene until the police arrive and tell you it’s ok to leave. Leaving the scene of an accident can add additional charges to your case.
2. Call 911 and make sure everyone is out of harm’s way. If you have medical training, help the injured if you can. If not, be sure that they are safe from further harm.
3. Call your attorney and your insurance company. They will need to be notified as soon as possible, so they can begin to take care of you and your car.
4. Don’t say more than you need to. Only give the necessary information to police and the person you hit, such as driver’s license and insurance details. An off-hand comment, like “I’m so sorry,” could be used as an admission of liability in court.
DUI defendants are given certain rights by the law to allow them to protect themselves in the courts. Kellis Law can help you keep your freedoms. Contact them today for a free consultation.