A devastating wrong-way crash predicated by a police chase has left two people dead, according to local sources. Two drivers were killed in the car accident, though thankfully no one else was injured. New York police have not yet identified either of the individuals involved in the crash.
According to the police report, an unidentified woman was stopped in Suffolk County, but refused to comply with police requests. After exiting her vehicle, she got back into her car and drove off, prompting police to give chase. It is unclear at this time why the woman fled police, or what prompted them to pull her over to begin with.
The woman then apparently entered the wrong lane of a parkway, proceeding some distance in the wrong direction. Her vehicle struck another car headed the other way. Both she and the driver of the other vehicle were killed in the impact.
Obviously, given the woman deemed responsible for the car accident was killed in the crash, there will be no criminal charges brought to bear against her posthumously. However, New York law entitles the family of the other deceased driver to pursue legal action against that woman’s estate in civil court. Anyone else with an ownership interest in the vehicle she was driving may also be named as a defendant. The surviving family will be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the estate, using the police evidence of wrong-way driving as evidence of negligence in the accident, not to mention the fact that she was already fleeing police at the time of the crash.
Source: pix11.com, “Two dead in wrong-way crash in Dix Hills“, Oct. 20, 2015