Two people have tragically died following a fatal crash in Laurelton, according to local sources. The car accident report states that two people were involved: a 27-year-old man, who was driving, and his passenger, who was an unidentified woman believed to be his coworker. New York police are still in the process of trying to determine how the accident happened.
The accident report currently states that the man was driving a coworker home from work around 4:30 a.m. when, for reasons unknown, he lost control of his vehicle while traveling southbound on Laurelton Parkway. His vehicle struck a guard rail and flipped over before striking a tree stump. The force of the impact set the car on fire.
The passenger was declared dead at the scene. Her burns were so extensive that an autopsy will be required in order to identify her. The driver was taken to a local hospital with a broken neck and was pronounced dead after a failed second surgery intended to stabilize his neck. The accident is still under investigation at this time.
If New York police determine the driver was somehow negligent or reckless in his operation of the vehicle, contributing directly to the car accident, there could be legal recourse available to the family of the as-yet-unidentified woman’s family. A wrongful death suit could be filed in civil court against the man’s estate and anyone with ownership interest in the vehicle (which reportedly belonged to his girlfriend). Such a suit would require evidence of negligence on the part of the driver before damages could be awarded.
Source: New York Daily News, “Driver dies from injuries at hospital after fiery car crash that killed passenger“, Ryan Sit, Feb. 21, 2016