A serious car crash on Long Island involving a bus has resulted in two fatalities. New York authorities responded to the car accident, which happened on the afternoon of Dec. 16. Two teenagers died, and several other people were injured. It does not appear that charges will be filed against the driver of the bus.
The accident report is still being put together by police, but it has been confirmed that the car, driven by a 16-year-old boy, ran a red light on County Road 21. This caused his vehicle to crash into a bus carrying multiple disabled passengers. The force of the impact totaled the car, and both the driver and his 19-year-old male passenger were killed in the collision.
Several of the passengers on board the bus were also reportedly injured, but it appears no one suffered injuries that could be described as life-threatening. Police are still trying to determine why the 16-year-old ran the red light, but they have not ruled out negligence, reckless driving or intoxication as possibilities at this time. Their investigation is still underway at this time.
Considering the fact that the driver ran a red light, it seems likely he was materially responsible for the car accident. Obviously, criminal charges are not filed posthumously, but New York law does allow the family of the deceased passenger, as well as anyone injured on the bus, to file civil suits for personal injury and/or wrongful death. Such claims would be filed against the boy’s estate and anyone with an ownership interest in the vehicle involved.
Source: abc7ny.com, “2 teens killed after car crashes into bus carrying disabled passengers in Middle Island“, Dec. 17, 2016