A community was shaken after a beloved teacher who was driving a car was killed in a serious two-vehicle car wreck in Yorktown on the afternoon of Mar. 4, according to local sources. Her passenger, another faculty member, survived, but was severely hurt in the New York car accident. No charges have apparently been filed yet in connection with this tragic case.
The crash took place on Route 6. The teacher, an 80-year-old nun, died shortly after the crash. Meanwhile, her passenger, another nun working at the same school, was transported to the hospital, where she remains in intensive care.
Authorities said the accident occurred when the female driver of the second vehicle was going west on the route and suddenly went into the eastbound lanes for reasons not yet determined by police. That is when the woman struck the nun’s vehicle head on. The female driver who reportedly caused the head-on collision is 48.
In addition to possibly facing criminal charges in the fatal accident, the driver of the second car who is deemed to have caused the accident may face a wrongful death claim. The surviving loved ones of the nun who died may choose to file a suit against her, seeking damages. Likewise, the injured passenger with the nun may opt to file a personal injury claim. Competent proof of negligence — such as speeding or driving while distracted — is necessary to establish liability in this type of car accident case in New York. Awarded damages may help the plaintiffs to cover medical costs, burial expenses and other financial costs stemming from the accident.
Source: CBS New York, “Officials: Westchester County Nun Dies In Head-On Collision On Route 6“, Mar. 5, 2016