A woman is tragically dead following a crash involving three vehicles on the afternoon of Feb. 16, according to local news sources. New York police responded to the three-car accident which claimed the life of a 29-year-old woman and sent several other people to local hospitals. Police are still determining the exact cause of the accident and have not yet filed charges.
The accident report shows that a pick-up truck driven by a man was traveling on State Route 53 and was carrying the woman in the passenger seat. The driver lost control of the vehicle, which struck another car. His vehicle was then struck by an SUV on the passenger side. The woman riding in the passenger seat was treated by paramedics at the scene and then transported to a local hospital.
The woman was pronounced dead later that day and is scheduled for an autopsy. All other individuals involved in the accident were treated for injuries described as non life-threatening. The driver who initially lost control has not been charged with a crime at this time, though the police investigation is still underway as of this report.
Until the New York police investigation is concluded, there is no way of knowing whether the driver involved in the car accident will be charged with a crime. Even if he is not, the family of his deceased passenger may be entitled to file a wrongful death suit against him in a civil capacity. However, even a civil suit would require evidence that he was operating the vehicle in a negligent or reckless manner that directly contributed ot the accident.
Source: heraldcourier.com, “3-vehicle crash on New York’s Southern Tier kills woman”, Feb. 17, 2016