Two people are dead and a third is clinging to life following a serious crash in the Bronx on Sept. 12, according to local sources. The single-car accident that killed both passengers and left the driver in critical condition is being at least partially attributed by New York police to speeding. However, the investigation is still in progress at this time.
Witness reports suggests the small vehicle was speeding when it struck a concrete divider on the Bronx River Parkway. The vehicle was traveling fast enough that it was launched into the air by the collision. The car went on to strike a tree with enough force to split the car in two and set it ablaze.
One passenger, who was sitting in the back seat at the time, was trapped in the fire and declared dead on the scene. The driver and the front-seat passenger were both rushed to an area hospital, where the passenger was later pronounced dead of his injuries. The driver is still in critical condition as of this writing, and there has been no word from New York police as to whether they will be seeking to press formal charges against him.
Should New York police determine the driver was at fault for the crash, he will likely face criminal charges for the deaths caused by the car accident. Separately, the families of the deceased passengers will have the option of filing wrongful death suits against him. Evidence from any criminal proceedings may be offered in a related civil court wrongful death proceeding to bolster claims for financial responsibility against the driver.
Source: New York Daily News, “Two die, one fights for his life after car smashes into tree in Bronx“, Ryan Sit, Barry Paddock, Sept. 12, 2014