A woman is dead following a two-car crash in central New York, according to authorities. The 72-year-old victim has been identified by New York State Police, and next-of-kin are being notified. They have also said the other driver involved in the car accident will likely be facing criminal charges.
Around 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 10, an eastbound vehicle traveling on Route 3 apparently crossed over the center line and into oncoming traffic. It struck a westbound vehicle head-on. The driver of that vehicle, a 72-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene by arriving medical personnel.
The 56-year-old woman who was operating the other vehicle suffered injuries that were described as being non-life threatening. Police have not gone into detail about what criminal charges might be filed against the woman. It is unclear whether she has retained legal counsel as of this report, and no court date has been announced. It seems likely that such a date would have to be planned for after she is released from the hospital.
When that court date comes around, she will likely face serious charges based around the outcome of the police investigation into the New York car accident. Even if she is not found guilty of any criminal charges, the family of the woman who died in the crash may wish to file a civil suit against her. A wrongful death lawsuit would require evidence of negligence that is deemed to have directly led to the fatal crash. Once liability is established, the court will adjudicate documented claims for specific items of financial damages.
Source: washingtontimes.com, “Driver dies in 2-vehicle crash in central New York“, Nov. 11, 2015