A 25-year-old man and a 5-year-old girl tragically lost their lives after a serious crash in the Bronx, local sources are reporting. The car accident also saw several other people critically injured. For the moment, New York police have not filed any charges against the driver of the taxi cab involved in the crash, and it is unknown what caused him to lose control.
According to witnesses, the cab lost control on a service road and struck a parked car, causing minor injuries to the driver of that vehicle. The cab then jumped the curb and plowed into a group of pedestrians. Among them were a 25-year-old man, who was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, and a 5-year-old girl, who was rushed to a local hospital for treatment but was tragically pronounced dead shortly thereafter. A 55-year-old man is also in critical condition, and a 39-year-old woman is in serious but stable condition.
The driver of the cab also suffered injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Police have not charged him with a crime at this time, but they are continuing their investigation. It seems likely that eyewitnesses will be interviewed to help gain a better picture of how and why the crash occurred.
Regardless of whether the cab driver ends up facing criminal charges, New York state law will allow the families of the deceased, as well as any injured parties, to file wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits in the case of this car accident. These suits are considered civil in nature and do not require a criminal conviction to be filed. However, evidence that the driver contributed in a meaningful way to the crash will be required if the civil suits are to succeed.
Source: pix11.com, “Adult, child dead after cab jumps curb in the Bronx“, March 20, 2015