A man is facing charges related to drug intoxication following a fatal crash in Camillus on the morning of April 8, according to local sources. New York police responded to the fatal car accident that saw a 22-year-old man charged with DUI (drugs), and the authorities say they believe the driver was on heroin at the timeof the collision. Police have said additional charges are pending for the man as well.
The accident occurred around 10:40 a.m. when the man was seen to be driving erratically. He crashed into another vehicle, driven by a 75-year-old woman, who was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by arriving medical personnel. The man was arrested after being treated for a broken ankle at a local hospital.
The accused individual appears to be from out of state, as indicated by a Florida driver’s license. Police have not been able to ascertain whether the man has a local address. Police have not yet articulated what additional charges may be filed against the man.
If it can be proven in criminal court that the man was indeed high at the time of the car accident, he could face serious consequences for his role in the crash. The family of the deceased woman will also be entitled to file a wrongful death suit against him. Such a suit would typically be filed in a New York civil court and would require evidence proving negligence on the part of the driver. A criminal conviction for DUI, if obtained, may be offered as proof of negligence in a related civil proceeding.
Source: syracuse.com, “Woman dead; Man charged with driving under influence of drugs in Camillus crash“, Julie McMahon, April 8, 2015