Four children and a woman were injured after a car jumped a curb in the Bronx, according to local sources. New York police say the driver of the livery cab somehow lost control of his vehicle, causing the car accident that nearly claimed lives. Police are not certain whether the crash was the driver’s fault or whether it was the result of a mechanical failure, but they are continuing to investigate both possibilities.
On the morning of Sept. 30, a group of parents and children were waiting for a bus at the bus stop when the accident happened. The driver of the livery cab appeared to lose control of the vehicle, hopping the curb and slamming into the group. A seven-year-old girl was likely saved by the quick action of her mother, who pulled her out of the way, but three other children and another parent did not fare so well.
Two of the three remaining children were injured, and the fourth child and his mother were trapped under the car. Witnesses on the scene attempted to lift the car off the trapped duo. All of the injured parties were taken to local hospitals by arriving medical personnel, where they are expected to recover. The driver stayed on the scene and cooperated with police.
There are several ways this case could go. If the driver is found to be at fault, he will likely be charged with a crime related to the car accident, and the injured parties and their families will be entitled under New York law to file personal injury suits against him. If the accident was the result of a mechanical failure, a further investigation may be required to determine whether the cab company has any responsibility related to poor maintenance.
Source: CBS New York, “4 Children, Woman Injured When Car Jumps Bronx Curb“, Sept. 30, 2015