Regional Briefs – December 17, 2015

NYC Moves to Strengthen Hit-Run Penalties

NEW YORK – If a person is killed in a hit-and-run in NYC, fines would go up to $15,000 under a City Council bill passed Wednesday. The bill, which awaits Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature, also creates a new set of penalties for repeat offenders.

Mother Arrested After Kids Left in SUV That Was Stolen

CAMDEN, N.J. – A mother was arrested Wednesday for leaving her 8- and 10-year-old children in a running SUV that was then stolen, The Associated Press reported. Kyna Garnett, 32, was charged with abuse and neglect. Christopher Dumas drove off in the vehicle before colliding with another car.

NY Court Reinstates Medical Malpractice Suit in Car Crash

ALBANY – New York’s highest court reinstated a medical malpractice suit against a Long Island hospital and doctor who gave painkillers to a woman two hours before she crashed her car into a bus, The Associated Press reported. The bus driver claimed the hospital failed to warn Lorraine Walsh.

NY City Council Passes Family Caregivers Legislation

NEW YORK – The NYC Council voted Wednesday to amend the city’s human rights law to make “caregiver status” a protected class, The Associated Press reported. Family members who care for children, the disabled and elderly will be assured of fair treatment in both the workplace and the hiring process.