An upstate accident at State Route 7 and State Highway 235 recently sent two people to a local hospital. The three-car accident occurred around 6 p.m. on June 9, and was attended by the New York State Police and emergency services. So far, no charges have been filed against any of the drivers involved in the accident.
The accident report states that a vehicle that had stopped to wait to make a turn was rear-ended by a second vehicle. The force of the impact pushed the first car into oncoming traffic where it was struck by a third vehicle. It was reported that weather conditions were such that a helicopter standing by was not able to transport the accident victims.
Two individuals were taken to local hospitals for treatment. Their conditions are not currently known. Fire fighters confirmed that one of them, a woman, needed to be cut out of her vehicle. The identities of all the individuals involved have not been released as of this report. The authorities continue to investigate the accident.
The initial car accident report suggests that the driver who rear ended the vehicle waiting to turn was responsible for the crash. It was not reported whether criminal charges are contemplated, though that decision may await the conclusions of accident investigators. Even if no charges are filed, the injured parties are entitled under New York state law to file personal injury lawsuits against the driver or drivers believed responsible for the crash. These types of claims are heard in a civil court setting and must be based upon appropriate proof of negligence on the part of the party or parties sued.
Source: wbng.com, “Two injured in three car crash in Harpursville”, Stephen Adams and Caroline Goggin, June 9, 2015