A serious two-car crash caused the tragic death of a 10-month-old child in Kinderhook on the evening of Nov. 2, according to local sources. New York police responded to the car accident on Route 9, which also injured four other people. Apparently the driver of the vehicle believed responsible for the accident has not yet been charged with a crime.
Police said that around 5:20 p.m. on the evening in question a vehicle driven by a 33-year-old man abruptly entered the northbound lane of Route 9, colliding head-on with a vehicle driven by a 34-year-old woman carrying four passengers, including the infant. Apparently the child’s parents were in the vehicle as well. However, the child and its family have not been identified by state police.
Four adults and the child suffered injuries in the crash. The infant was airlifted to a local hospital in severe condition, while the adults’ injuries were considered to be not life threatening by medical personnel on the scene. The accident was still under investigation at the time of this report, and no charges have been filed.
Even though no charges have yet been filed, it seems likely that charges might be forthcoming in the case of this car accident. The driver who allegedly switched lanes into oncoming traffic may be charged with recklessness or negligence depending on the outcome of the New York police investigation. In addition, the injured parties and the family of the infant are entitled to file suits against the driver even in the absence of a criminal charge and/or conviction.
Source: registerstar.com, “10-month-old crash victim dies“, Roger Hannigan, Nov. 4, 2015