One man is dead and three others are in the hospital following a multi-car crash in Valley Stream, according to local sources. The car accident, which happened on Jan. 20, appears to have been the result of a driver losing control of a vehicle. New York authorities are still in the process of investigating the particulars of the crash at this time.
According to the accident report, a 36-year-old man was traveling west at approximately 6:35 a.m., when he apparently lost control of his vehicle. The car exited the road, crossed a grass median and ran headlong into an eastbound vehicle driven by a 55-year-old woman. The force of the impact caused the struck car to hit a third vehicle, which was also driven by a 55-year-old woman.
The man was rushed to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. He was pronounced dead the following evening around 7:30. The two women were taken to local hospitals with injuries described as non life-threatening. They are expected to survive. The vehicles were impounded for routine checks to determine if mechanical failure played any role in the fatal crash.
The driver most likely responsible for precipitating the car accident did not survive. Criminal charges are not filed posthumously; therefore, no criminal trial will move forward. However, if enough evidence exists to suggest that he was reckless or negligent in the operation of his vehicle, leading to the crash, the two injured women are entitled under New York law to file personal injury suits against his estate, as well as against anyone with ownership interest in his vehicle.
Source: Northport, NY Patch, “East Northport Man Hurt in 3-Car Crash Dies From Injuries“, Paige McAtee, Jan. 22, 2016