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5 people injured in New York car accident

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Thursday, June 4th, 2015

A serious car crash in Queens has sent five people to the hospital, according to local sources. The car accident apparently damaged a supermarket after a 72-year-old woman plowed into the building. New York police have not filed charges against her at this time, but their investigation is ongoing. 

According to the accident report, the cause of the crash was not immediately clear. It has been confirmed that the elderly driver drove her vehicle into the supermarket at speeds sufficient for witnesses to think something had exploded. Her exact speed has not been reported at this time. 

Five people were injured and taken to local hospitals with varying degrees of injuries, though the driver herself appeared to be largely unharmed. Several other individuals reported being narrowly missed by the driver as she apparently lost control of her vehicle. The police will likely continue their investigation until a cause for the accident has been uncovered.

The list of potential causes for this car accident is long, as the driver could have lost control of her vehicle for several reasons. Considering her age, issues such as health problems or impaired vision may have played a role, though criminal negligence should not be ruled out. In either case, New York law allows the victims of this crash to file personal injury lawsuits against this woman, should they so desire. While evidence of negligence will be required in order for damages to be paid out, the case is not strictly criminal in nature and would be handled in a civil court setting. 

Source: NBC New York, “Car Crashes into Supermarket in Queens, 5 Injured: Officials“, Gus Rosendale and Tracie Strahan, May 27, 2015


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Serious 3-vehicle car accident in New York kills one

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Nine people are injured and one person has lost her life in a serious pileup in Queens, according to local sources. New York emergency services responded to the car accident on the morning of May 26. So far no one has been arrested in connection with the crash, but police say their investigation into the wreck is ongoing as of this report. 

The report indicates there were three vehicles involved in the crash, which occurred on South Conduit Avenue. Apparently, an SUV collided with a passenger car with enough force to push it in front of an oncoming box truck, crushing the car. A total of nine people, seven of them children, were rushed to local hospitals with injuries considered minor to moderate. The driver of the box truck was also treated at the scene. 

The 30-year-old driver of the car was among those taken to the hospital, as was her 53-year-old passenger. Unfortunately, the passenger was pronounced dead on arrival. The condition of the SUV driver has not been confirmed at this time. Police are still investigating and have not ruled out pursuing charges. 

Should the driver of the SUV be found to have been negligent in a way that contributed to the car accident, he or she could face criminal charges. Separately, New York state law will allow the families of the children injured, as well as the injured adults, to file personal injury lawsuits against that driver. Should sufficient evidence of wrongdoing exist, that driver may be required to pay out compensation for damages incurred in the accident. 

Source: NBC New York, “1 Dead, 9 Injured in 3-Vehicle Crash in Queens“, May 27, 2015


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Teenager killed in New York car accident

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Thursday, May 28th, 2015

A 13-year-old girl has tragically died following a serious car crash in upstate New York, according to local sources. The girl was killed in a car accident on May 23 while traveling with her father to Memorial Day festivities. It occurred shortly prior to 5:42 p.m. New York police are still investigating the Warren County crash, but charges are unlikely as the driver believed to have been at fault was also killed in the accident. 

According to the accident report, the family was traveling to the town of Warren to spend the weekend when the accident occurred. The other driver, a 42-year-old man, apparently ran a stop sign and struck the family’s car with enough force that he was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the family car, the victim’s father, was thrown from the vehicle and was treated for several injuries including a broken ankle. 

The 13-year-old girl was rushed to a local hospital, but medical personnel were unable to save her life. A friend of hers, a 12-year-old girl, was treated for a fractured leg. An investigation, including a reconstruction of the accident, is still underway by New York authorities. 

The family of the deceased girl as well as the family of the injured girl are entitled to file civil lawsuits against the deceased driver’s estate and any other parties with an ownership interest in the vehicle he was operating. These car accident claims can be supported by evidence gathered by police pointing to the apparent running of the stop sign. Should negligence be established by appropriate proof in civil court, claims for specific items of financial damages will be adjudicated.

Source: lohud.com, “Larisa Karassik, New City girl, 13, killed in Warren car crash: cops“, Steve Lieberman, May 24, 2015


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New York car accident leaves woman dead, driver charged

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

A single-car crash has left one woman dead on Harlem River Drive, and the driver behind the wheel has been charged with DUI. The car accident happened in the early hours of May 24 and is still being investigated by New York police. The driver is in custody after the crash caused hours of delays in the northbound and southbound lanes. 

According to witnesses, the driver was attempting to exit onto the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge when she lost control of the vehicle around 5:40 a.m. The car subsequently struck a tree in the median, catching fire in the process. The driver and two passengers were stuck in the car as a result of the crash. 

Police and emergency services responded shortly thereafter. One passenger, a 24-year-old woman, was taken to a local hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival. The condition of the second passenger is unknown at this time. The driver, another 24-year-old woman, was summarily arrested by New York police and charged with DUI and unlicensed vehicle operation. So far, no court date has been publicly announced by authorities in connection with this case. 

A New York car accident attributed to DUI is a profound tragedy, both for the fact that it was preventable and for the fatality involved. If found guilty of the criminal charges, the driver may face years in jail as a result. Separately, the family of the deceased passenger, as well as any other injured parties, will be entitled to file suit against the driver in a civil capacity. Evidence of drunk driving in this case would likely help to establish financial liability in court. 

Source: CBS New York, “Driver Charged After Woman Killed In Fiery Single-Car Crash On Harlem River Drive“, May 24, 2015


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Man dead following New York car accident

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Friday, May 22nd, 2015

A West Orange man is dead after a fatal crash on Interstate 81, according to local sources. The car accident is being attributed to drunk driving on the part of the other driver involved, as New York police have reported. The accident is still under investigation, but the woman has been arrested and charged with several infractions as of this writing. 

Police say the man, a 58-year-old, was traveling southbound on I-81 in the early morning of May 8 when the accident occurred. A woman police believe was drunk at the wheel was traveling north in the southbound lanes when her vehicle struck his head-on. The force of the impact caused her to suffer minor injuries, for which she was treated at a local hospital. 

However, the other driver did not fare so well — he was pronounced dead at the scene by arriving medical teams. The woman involved has now been charged with DUI, vehicular manslaughter and aggravated unlicensed operation. She is currently in custody with bail set at $500,000. No court date has yet been announced in connection with this case. 

If the woman is found guilty of drunk driving and the other charges filed against her, she could lose her license permanently and possibly face jail time for her role in the fatal car accident. Separately, New York law will permit the family of the deceased man to sue the woman for wrongful death in a civil court setting, possibly using the evidence from the criminal case to support their claim. While a guilty verdict is not necessary for the civil case to succeed, it would certainly go a long way toward ensuring that financial liability is established. 

Source: West Orange NY Patch, “West Orange Man Killed in Fatal Central New York Car Crash“, Nicholas Cardoso, May 11, 2015


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Car accident sets New York restaurant on fire

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

A driver who lost control of his vehicle is in the hospital along with his passenger following a serious crash in Brooklyn, according to local sources. New York authorities responded to the fire caused by the car accident and discovered that both individuals had made it safely out of the vehicle, though they both still suffered injuries. The crash has not led to any criminal charges being filed so far. 

According to the accident report, an unidentified driver somehow lost control of his vehicle around 3:45 a.m. on May 16, striking the side of a Chinese restaurant that had closed for the night. The car was set ablaze by the force of the impact. The driver managed to escape the vehicle under his own power, but the passenger was rendered unconscious by the crash. 

Thankfully, several passersby were able to pull the unconscious passenger from the vehicle and onto the sidewalk. Medical response teams arrived shortly thereafter, taking both individuals to a local hospital. Their injuries have been described as non life-threatening, and thankfully, no one else was hurt in the crash. 

New York police will likely continue to investigate this car accident to determine what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Should their investigation reveal that it was negligence, recklessness or intoxication that caused the crash, the driver could face criminal charges. Regardless of whether such charges are filed, his passenger is entitled under state law to file a personal injury suit against him in a civil court setting. Evidence of culpability will be required if monetary damages are to be awarded by the court. 

Source: New York Daily News, “Out-of-control car slams into Brooklyn Chinese restaurant, sparks building fire“, Ryan Sit, May 16, 2015


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Car accident involving taxi kills woman in New York

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Thursday, May 14th, 2015

A woman is dead following a collision involving a taxi, according to bystanders who witnessed the tragic event. The car accident that killed the 76-year-old out-of-state visitor is still being investigated by New York authorities. For the moment, the taxi driver’s license has been suspended pending the outcome of that investigation, The taxi driver has not yet been charged with a crime. 

Witnesses say the woman was attempting to cross the street at around 2:45 p.m. on May 9 when the accident occurred. Witnesses report seeing the SUV taxi attempt to negotiate a left-hand turn when it collided head-on with the woman. The force of the impact propelled her into the air and over the vehicle. 

The woman was rushed to a nearby hospital, but doctors were unable to save her life. She was declared dead some 45 minutes later. The cab driver apparently stayed at the scene of the accident and cooperated with police as their investigation began. This woman’s death marks the 32nd pedestrian fatality in New York this year. 

New York police will continue to investigate the role of the taxi driver in the car accident. If it becomes clear that he could have safely avoided striking the woman, or if he was operating his vehicle recklessly at the time of the accident, he might face criminal charges related to her death. Additionally, any surviving family members will be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the cab driver and possibly his company as well, presuming sufficient evidence exists to implicate the man in her death. 

Source: New York Daily News, “Woman hit, killed by taxi in Midtown as shoppers watched: officials“, Andy Mai, Thomas Tracy, Rocco Parascandola, Ben Kochman, May 9, 2015


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Head-on car accident in New York leaves 2 men in hospital

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Two men are in critical condition after a head-on collision on Staten Island just after midnight on May 11, according to local sources. The two-car accident has hospitalized both drivers involved in the crash. Apparently, New York police are still trying to piece together exactly what happened, so, for the moment, no charges have been filed. 

It appears that a 27-year-old man was traveling northbound at the same time a second vehicle, driven by an 18-year-old man, was heading south. The car driven by the younger man jumped the median for reasons unknown and collided head-on with the northbound car. The two vehicles were badly damaged in the crash. 

Both men were rushed to local hospitals with injuries described as critical. It has been confirmed that the 18-year-old driver suffered trauma to his head in the collision, and the other man’s specific condition is unknown. At this time it is unclear whether either man will pull through. Police are still determining what caused the younger driver to move into the oncoming lane, but so far they have not charged either driver with an infraction. 

It is not common for a car to lose control in this way, so New York police will continue their investigation to determine why the younger driver lost control. If it becomes clear that negligence or recklessness played a role in the car accident, it is possible the younger driver will face criminal charges for his part in the accident. Regardless, the other injured man may be entitled to file a personal injury suit against him and any other owners of his vehicle, should sufficient evidence point to culpability on his part. 

Source: pix11.com, “Two men in critical condition after head-on crash in Staten Island“, May 11, 2015


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Woman dies in head-on car accident in New York

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Friday, May 8th, 2015

A resident of Carmel has tragically lost her life following a serious crash on Route 22, according to local sources. The New York woman was killed in a head-on car accident after a pickup truck allegedly crossed the center line. So far, no charges have been filed against the other driver involved in the crash. 

The accident report indicates the vehicle carrying the 63-year-old woman and driven by her 65-year-old husband was traveling south on Route 22 when the accident happened around 4 p.m. on April 29. A pickup truck driven by a 42-year-old man was traveling north when his vehicle apparently drifted into the southbound lanes. The two vehicles collided head-on. 

The driver of the pickup truck was treated at the scene for injuries described as minor. The female passenger in the other vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident when emergency services arrived. Her husband was taken to a local hospital with injuries medical personnel say are not life-threatening. The reconstruction department of the New York police were on the scene investigating the particulars of the crash, and their investigation is still ongoing as of this report. 

Should the results of the investigation point to negligence or recklessness on the part of the pickup truck driver, New York police may elect to file criminal charges for his role in the car accident. Additionally, the injured man may wish to file a personal injury lawsuit on his own behalf and a wrongful death suit on behalf of his late wife. He will be entitled to use any evidence brought to light by the police investigation in support of his civil suits, should he choose to file them.

Source: lohud.com, “Woman ID’d in fatal head-on collision on Route 22“, Matt Spillane and Steve Lieberman, April 29, 2015


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Man killed in New York taxi car accident

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

A man is dead following a crash in Brooklyn involving a taxi, according to local sources. New York sources reported the Daily News deliveryman was killed in a car accident when his truck got broadsided by a taxi. Police are still in the process of investigating the accident, which happened early on the morning of April 26. 

Police reports indicate the 24-year-old man was negotiating a turn when a taxi driven by a 26-year-old man drove through the intersection against the light. The taxi struck the truck with enough force to knock it on its side. The driver of the truck was unconscious when paramedics arrived and was rushed to a local hospital. He was later pronounced dead. 

A 58-year-old passenger in the truck was also injured in the crash and was also taken to a local hospital. He is listed as being in stable condition as of this report. The driver of the taxi apparently stayed at the scene until emergency services arrived, though it is unclear whether he was injured in the crash. So far, police have not filed charges, but the dash cam of a nearby car recorded the incident, which will likely be used as evidence in any legal proceedings that may occur. 

If the taxi driver is found to have violated New York traffic laws at the time of the car accident, as the footage from the dash cam seems to suggest, he could face criminal charges in the death of the other driver. Moreover, the family of that driver may wish to pursue a civil lawsuit against the taxi driver and his employer. If criminal charges result and a conviction is secured, proof of that may be offered to establish financial liability in a wrongful death claim in civil court. The injured truck passenger maintains a separate right to file a personal injury claim based upon similar allegations of negligence.

Source: New York Post, “Newspaper deliveryman killed in crash with taxi“, Kathleen Culliton, April 26, 2015


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