A small New York town was the site of tragedy in the early morning of July 25, according to local sources. A car accident that killed one person and injured three others is still under investigation by New York authorities in the area. Information is still incomplete at the time of this report, as it is unknown if the driver survived the crash or if charges will be filed.
According to the accident report, the single-car accident took place around 5 a.m. The driver appeared to have lost control of the vehicle somehow, as accident reconstruction shows the car left the road, going through a ditch, field and lawn before coming to rest against a tree. One of the three passengers in the vehicle was able to escape the wreck and make it back to the road where he or she flagged down police officers.
The driver was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by fire fighters arriving on the scene. Two other passengers had been thrown from the vehicle on impact. All in all, one person was later pronounced dead, two others remain in critical condition, and a third is in stable condition. The identities of all four people have not been made public.
More information will be required to determine the next course of action for the survivors of the crash, and possibly the family of the deceased individual as well. If the driver was killed in the car accident, New York law says his or her estate could find itself under fire in the form of civil charges filed by the survivors for personal injury. If the driver survived, the same charges could be filed, with the addition of a possible wrongful death suit courtesy of the deceased passenger’s family. In both cases, evidence of negligence or recklessness would be necessary to see such cases succeed in court.
Source: wivb.com, “Car accident in Evans kills 1 and injures 3“, Sara Mullen, July 25, 2015