The FDR was the site of a serious crash on the morning of Nov. 13, according to local sources. A driver traveling the wrong way caused a major car accident that left five people in the hospital. New York authorities have reported that a total of three vehicles were involved in the crash, which is still under investigation by New York police.
Details about the collision are sketchy as of this writing, but it is confirmed the driver deemed responsible was actively driving southbound in the northbound lane when the crash occurred. The driver’s vehicle struck two others head-on before coming to rest. A total of five people were hurt in the crash.
Two of the five people injured suffered critical injuries and were rushed to local hospitals. The other three individuals had less severe injuries but were still transported for care by medical authorities. It is unclear whether the wrong-way driver was among those injured, though it seems likely. The accident remains under investigation as of this writing, and no charges have yet been filed.
An incidence of a wrong-way driver causing a car accident seems fairly clear-cut from a legal standpoint, and it seems likely the driver will face criminal charges at some point in the investigative process. The injured parties will also be entitled to file personal injury suits against the driver separate from any criminal proceedings. Lawsuits of this type are handled by the New York civil court system, but these cases will often make use of evidence of wrongdoing used in a criminal case stemming from the same collision.
Source: New York Post, “Wrong-way driver injures 5 in FDR crash“, Natasha Velez, Nov. 13, 2014