Four people are dead and a further two injured, including an 11-month-old boy, according to local sources. New York police responded to the car accident that claimed the lives of members of an Indian family visiting a a family member on a work visa in the United States. The other driver involved in the crash was among those killed and so will not face criminal charges.
According to the accident report, a 25-year-old man driving a pickup truck lost control of his vehicle on Yaphank Middle Island Road. Polie have not publicly speculated about what may have caused this loss of control at this time. However, it has been confirmed that he was killed instantly.
A 38-year-old new father and his parents, aged 60 and 74, were riding in the other vehicle and were also killed. The 38-year-old’s wife and their infant son managed to survive the crash, but they were rushed to local hospitals for immediate medical treatment. The wife is currently in critical condition, but the child is expected to survive.
Given the driver who appears to have been responsible for the car accident was killed in the collision, no criminal charges will be filed posthumously. However, the family of the deceased victims and the surviving passengers may wish to seek out representation to help them file wrongful death and/or personal injury lawsuits against the driver’s estate. Here in New York, these suits are filed in civil court and do not depend on criminal charges or convictions to be filed.
Source: NBC New York, “New Father, His Parents Among Victims Killed in Head-on Crash; Wife, Baby Remain in Hospital“, Greg Cergol, July 6, 2016