A driver is dead and his passenger is in critical condition following a serious car crash in Queens on the night of Dec. 6, according to police. New York authorities responded to the fatal car accident around 10:30 p.m. At the moment, their investigation is still ongoing as police reconstruct the accident in an effort to determine what happened.
Preliminary reports confirm that a vehicle driven by a 30-year-old man was traveling west on Laurel Hill Boulevard when the driver apparently lost control of his vehicle. The car went out of control, striking a cement stanchion before ramming a parked car. Thankfully, no one was in the second car at the time.
The extent of the damage to the vehicle leads investigators to believe the man may have been speeding at the time of the collision. The driver was rushed to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was declared dead. His passenger, also a 30-year-old male, was rushed to a hospital with critical injuries and remains in critical condition as of this report.
If the gathered evidence ultimately indicates that the driver lost control due to negligence on his part, a personal injury lawsuit filed by the passenger would stand a good chance of success in a New York civil court. In order for damages to be rewarded in this type of claim, evidence of the driver’s responsibility, in whole or in part, for the car accident is required. A criminal charge, however, is not required and could not be filed in this case because the driver believed responsible died.
Source: pix11.com, “Car crash kills driver, critically injures passenger in Queens: NYPD“, Christopher Brito, Dec. 7, 2015