An accident in Chemung County has led to the deaths of two individuals. The New York State Police are still in the process of investigating the car accident that killed a 3-year-old boy and a 57-year-old woman. It appears that the child, as well as several other children, were not restrained properly at the time of the crash.
According to the accident report, the 53-year-old man who was driving the pickup truck apparently veered into the oncoming lane before losing control of the vehicle and traveling off the road and down an embankment. The man, his wife and four children were all in the car at the time, including children that may not have been related to the adult couple. The three surviving children were taken to a hospital with serious injuries.
A fourth child, a 3-year-old with a different last name than the driver, was killed in the accident. Both he and the adult woman in the car were rushed to local hospitals for treatment, but they were each later pronounced dead. The man apparently survived the crash, as did three other children. Police are still in the process of investigating the crash.
There are a number of issues prevalent in this car accident case that New York authorities will have to investigate. If it is true that the children were not properly restrained at the time of the accident, the driver may be held accountable for this breach in safety. Additionally, police will likely investigate why the man ran off the road. Personal injury and wrongful death claims may be filed against the driver based upon evidence of negligence, and the fact that some of the accident victims may have been related to the driver does not preclude such claims under New York personal injury laws.
Source: wbng.com, “Child dies in Chemung County car crash”, Anna Norris, Oct. 9, 2015