A car crash in the Bronx has left one individual dead and another critically injured, according to local sources. The single-car accident, which New York emergency services responded to around 3:20 a.m. the morning of Oct. 14, thankfully did not involve anyone other than the individuals in the car. However, the NYPD Collision Squad is still investigating the cause of the accident.
According to police, the 29-year-old man driving the vehicle apparently lost control of the car, which struck the median with considerable force. Police say the man was speeding at the time of the crash. Emergency response personnel on the scene rushed him to a local hospital for treatment, but he was later pronounced dead of his injuries.
His passenger, a 26-year-old man, suffered at least one broken arm and leg and was rushed to the same hospital. He was last listed as being in critical condition. Police have not speculated publicly as to whether they believe alcohol was involved in the crash, but their investigation is still ongoing at this time. The passenger’s name has not been disclosed to the public.
If the crash team is able to prove the man was speeding at the time of the car accident, or that he was in some other way responsible for the crash (as he would be if alcohol as involved), his passenger may have legal recourse open to him. Even though the driver is deceased, New York law would allow the man to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver’s estate. This falls under the category of civil law, and it does not require that criminal charges ever be filed.
Source: New York Daily News, “Bronx crash leaves driver, 29, dead and passenger, 26, with broken arm and leg“, Thomas Tracy, Oct. 14, 2015