A father and husband is grieving after a fatal collision in Queens on July 17, according to local sources. New York police say they are still hunting for the driver believed to be responsible for the fatal car accident that claimed the life of one woman and left her daughter in critical condition. The police investigation is ongoing at this time, but police say they hope to apprehend the driver soon.
According to the accident report, the 40-year-old woman and her 9-year-old daughter were both passengers in a vehicle traveling in South Ozone Park around 5:00 p.m. when the accident happened. An SUV that was seen traveling at a high rate of speed struck their sedan, killing the woman at the scene. Her daughter, as well as a 71-year-old male passenger, were both rushed to local hospitals. Miraculously, the driver was uninjured.
The SUV continued striking parked cars before coming to rest. The driver escaped on foot, leaving a passenger in the SUV who was also taken to a hospital. Police are still searching for the driver, but they hope that by interviewing the passenger and seeking the support of the community, the driver will be apprehended quickly.
When New York police catch the driver, he or she will likely be charged with at least one crime in connection with the fatal car accident. In addition, civil suits on behalf of the deceased woman and her injured daughter, as well as the other passenger, could be filed against this driver. It may benefit civil cases of these types to draw from police evidence used to support any criminal charges that are filed.
Source: NBC New York, “Mom Killed, Daughter Critically Injured in Violent Collision in Queens: NYPD“, July 18, 2016