A woman is tragically dead and five other people have been sent to the hospital following a serious crash on the night of Jan. 12. New York police responded to the car accident that claimed the life of an 18-year-old woman. The investigation is still underway as of this report, with no charges having been filed to date.
Police in Greece, New York say the accident appears to have been caused by a vehicle crossing the center line. That car collided with another car headed the other direction, causing massive damage to both vehicles. The fatal victim was a front-seat passenger in the car that crossed the line. She was pronounced dead at the scene by arriving medical personnel.
Three more people in the first vehicle, as well as two from the other vehicle, were all taken to local hospitals. One of the occupants, a 19-year-old man, is in guarded condition, with the other four people suffering from injuries not considered life threatening. Police have yet to comment on the cause of the accident, but have not ruled out reckless driving at this time.
The New York police investigation will determine whether criminal charges will be filed against the driver who crossed the center line and caused the car accident. If the evidence suggests that driver was negligent, reckless or intoxicated, the family of the deceased woman and all injured parties are entitled under state law to file for wrongful death and/or personal injury, as applicable. Evidence of material contribution to the accident can only help such a civil case succeed.
Source: theeagle.com, “1 dead, 5 injured in 2-car crash on upstate New York road”, Jan. 13, 2017