Police in the Bronx believe speed may have been a factor in a deadly accident on Bronxwood Avenue early on the morning of June 19. New York authorities responded to a car accident just before 5 a.m. Police say one person died, and five others were injured. The crash remains under investigation.
According to the accident report, a vehicle at the intersection of East 219th and Bronxwood was struck by another vehicle. Police believe the driver believed responsible for the accident was speeding at the time of the impact. The struck vehicle was thrown on its side, colliding with three parked vehicles that were thankfully unoccupied.
Six people are believed to have been involved in the accident, though police are still sorting out which individuals were in which vehicles and who the drivers were. One man, a 39-year-old, was later pronounced dead of his injuries. Of the remaining five, three are in critical condition and two are stable as of this report. So far, police are unsure which individual was driving the speeding vehicle.
Should New York police determine that the driver was indeed speeding at the time of the car accident, and presuming the driver was not the man killed in the crash, they could file criminal charges against him. Even if the man was killed in the crash, the injured parties would still be entitled to file personal injury lawsuits against his estate. If he survived, personal injury and wrongful death claims could be pursued against him. If any criminal proceedings result in a conviction, proof of that may be offered to establish financial liability in civil court.
Source: pix11.com, “Car crash in the Bronx leaves 1 dead, 5 injured“, Katherine Lam, June 19, 2016