Police have reported that a recent business school graduate was tragically killed in Hell’s Kitchen early on the morning of July 31. New York authorities responded to the car accident that claimed the life of a 22-year-old man. So far, no charges have been filed against the driver involved in the crash, but the police investigation is ongoing.
According to the accident report, around 2:17 a.m. the 22-year-old was crossing the southern part of the West Side Highway when the accident occurred. When he crossed into the northbound lanes, he was struck by a vehicle driven by an unknown individual. Medical personnel called to the scene found him unconscious. He was attended to by first responders on the way to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead as a result of body and head trauma.
The 26-year-old driver was apparently in the process of changing two lanes when he struck the younger man. It has been reported that he stayed at the scene of the accident. Apparently, he cooperated fully with police officers during the preliminary investigation of the crash site.
If it is determined that the driver negligently caused or contributed to the car accident that killed the student, he could face criminal charges. Even if no charges are filed, the family of the deceased man could choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against him in a New York civil court. While criminal convictions are not a prerequisite for a civil charge to win in court, evidence of driver negligence would be necessary to prevail.
Source: emorywheel.com, “2016 Grad Jack Koval Dies in NYC Car Accident“, Avery Yang, Aug. 3, 2016