A two-vehicle crash has claimed one life in Lockport, according to state police. New York state troopers responded to the car accident that killed a 54-year-old woman around 11:00 a.m. the morning of Feb. 9. As police believe the woman was responsible for the accident, no charges have been filed against the other driver at this time and do not appear to be forthcoming.
According to state police, the accident occurred on Route 93 between two vehicles, each carrying only a driver. It appears the 54-year-old woman may have crossed the center line, causing a head-on collision between the two cars. The force of the impact seriously injured the woman, who was rushed to ECMC for treatment. She was later pronounced dead of her injuries.
The other driver’s identity and condition are unknown at this time. All that has been confirmed is that he or she survived the accident, but it seems likely that person was also taken to a local hospital for treatment or observation. Police are still in the process of investigating why the woman crossed the center line, and they will continue to investigate until acceptable answers have been uncovered.
In a car accident where the likely responsible party is killed in the collision, no criminal charges are typically filed against that individual. However, New York state law will allow the other driver to file a personal injury suit against the woman’s estate, provided that injuries were suffered and that a case can be made for damages. In this instance, police evidence indicating the other driver crossed the center line would be beneficial to bring up in civil court.
Source: wivb.com, “Woman dies after two-vehicle crash in Lockport“, Evan Anstey, Feb. 9, 2017