Two pedestrians were struck by a car in Midtown, according to local police. New York authorities responded to the car accident on 1st Avenue the afternoon of Aug. 10. At the moment, police have not opted to charge the driver with a crime, but the investigation remains ongoing.
The accident report is fairly limited in its scope at this time. However, it has been confirmed that the vehicle involved in the accident was headed northbound on 1st Avenue when the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle around 49th Street. The car left the road and entered the sidewalk, where it struck two bystanders.
Of the two unidentified women injured in the crash, one was treated for minor injuries and released from a hospital later the same day. However, the other woman was seriously injured and remains in that condition as of this report. The driver was apparently relatively unharmed, but his or her identify was not disclosed in the immediate aftermath of the collision. Charges could still be filed, depending upon the outcome of the investigation.
Should police determine the driver was being reckless or was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the car accident, that driver will likely face criminal charges. Separately, the seriously injured woman may choose to file a personal injury suit against the driver, which is her right under New York law. This lawsuit, which is civil in nature, still requires that evidence of the driver’s negligence be presented to the court in order to establish financial liability for any damages sustained.
Source: NBC New York, “Car Hits 2 Women Standing on Sidewalk in Midtown: Police“, Aug. 10, 2015