Three people were recently killed after a tragic car crash, according to local sources. New York emergency services responded to the car accident that claimed the lives of three pedestrians out trick-or-treating on Halloween. Three other people were also injured in the crash, but at this time, the driver involved has not been charged with a crime.
According to the accident report, around 4:50 p.m. the afternoon of Oct. 31, a 52-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle and plowed into dozens of people on a sidewalk in the Bronx. A 65-year-old man was killed along with his 9-year-old granddaughter. A 24-year-old man also tragically lost his life.
Three other individuals, including members of the deceased seniors’ family, were also injured in the crash. The driver himself was injured and was treated at a local hospital. Police believe the accident may have been precipitated by some kind of medical condition on the driver’s part, though that has yet to be corroborated by sources investigating the accident.
While a medical condition may, on the surface, be a reasonable excuse for the driver losing control of his vehicle, New York officials will likely delve deeper into the case to determine whether that condition was pre-existing. If the driver should not have been operating a motor vehicle at the time of the car accident, he could face criminal charges. Even if he does not, the families of the deceased and the injured parties will be entitled to file personal injury and wrongful death suits against him in civil court based upon evidence of negligence in losing control of the vehicle.
Source: New York Post, “Car plows into Bronx trick-or-treaters, killing 3 people“, Shawn Cohen and Larry Celona View, Oct. 31, 2015