A man riding in a livery cab is tragically dead following an accident involving another car in Brooklyn, according to police. New York authorities have identified the victim of the car accident as a 56-year-old man. He was killed around 3:15 a.m. the morning of Jan. 1. They have said they do not intend to file charges against either driver involved.
The accident report that has been released says the cab the man was riding in rolled down Avenue P and collided with a vehicle headed the other way. The cab then smashed into several parked cars. Shockingly, the driver of the cab was not injured, nor was the driver of the other vehicle. The passenger, however, was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead some time later.
Police have not explained how the accident occurred or why the cab was rolling down the street. Witnesses claimed the corner was the site of many car accidents due to speeding, but it is unclear if that played a role in this crash. Police say they are continuing their investigation at this time.
Even if New York authorities do not choose to file criminal charges against either driver involved in this car accident, the fact remains a man who had no driving responsibility in either vehicle is dead. New York law allows his family to sue one or both of the other drivers for wrongful death, though they may choose to focus their efforts on a single driver. This will depend on the evidence produced by police in their ongoing investigation.
Source: New York Daily News, “Passenger killed in livery cab crash in Brooklyn“, Ross Keith, Thomas Tracy, Jan. 1, 2017