A serious crash in Lynnbrook has sent seven children to local hospitals, according to local sources. New York police responded to the car accident on Long Island the afternoon of July 18. So far, they have yet to file charges against either driver involved in the crash, but their investigation is ongoing as of this report.
According to police, around 1:00 p.m., an SUV was broadsided by a pickup truck in an intersection. The driver of the pickup truck was the only occupant of that vehicle, and two other adults were in the SUV at the time of the crash. None of the adults sustained any serious injuries in the collision. However, all seven children in the SUV, ages 9 to 14, sustained various injuries. One child was airlifted to a local hospital in serious condition due to head trauma.
Police are still attempting to determine which of the drivers had the right of way at the time of the crash, but they have not released any concrete statements. They have also not publicly discussed what might have led to the crash. Reportedly, they have not ruled out speeding, recklessness, negligence or even intoxication at this time. However, no charges have yet been filed against either driver.
It will be up to New York authorities to determine fault in this car accident. The driver deemed responsible may face a criminal charge. In addition, the families of the injured children may also be in a position under state law to file personal injury suits against the responsible driver on behalf of their injured children. These suits are considered civil and do not require criminal convictions to move forward.
Source: CBS New York, “7 Children Hospitalized After Lynbrook SUV Crash“, July 18, 2016