Two people have tragically died following a serious car crash in Queens, according to local sources. New York police responded to the single-car accident that occurred in the early morning hours of April 5 outside a local high school. As both the driver and passenger perished in the crash, no charges are likely to be filed.
The accident report states that the unidentified driver was speeding at the time of the crash, which took place on Grand Central Parkway Service Road. It appears the driver lost control of the vehicle, which crashed into scaffolding attached to a high school. The vehicle then burst into flames, trapping both occupants inside, resulting in their deaths.
Police are unsure what caused the driver to lose control, but, if the driver was indeed speeding, this is likely a factor in the crash. Officials have not spoken publicly on whether they believe intoxication or other factors may have also played a role in the accident at this time. So far, neither victim has been identified in media reports, and it appears an investigation is still underway as of this report.
If police determine the driver was speeding or otherwise operating the vehicle negligently at the time of the car accident, it may be possible for the family of the deceased passenger to pursue legal action against the driver’s estate. New York law allows a family to file a wrongful death suit against a negligent driver’s estate and anyone with ownership interest in the vehicle involved. Such a suit would be filed in a civil court.
Source: ny1.com, “Car Crash Kills Two in Queens“, Matt McClure, April 5, 2015