A woman riding in a cab died following a car crash involving a cab, according to local sources. New York police have not yet pressed charges against the driver believed to have been responsible for the car accident, though they have said charges are pending. Thankfully, no one else was injured in the crash.
The accident report shows the victim, a 27-year-old woman, was riding in the back of a livery cab that had stopped at a red light in the Bronx when the accident occurred. Apparently the other driver, a 37-year-old man, rear-ended the cab with enough force to crush the rear of the other vehicle entirely. It is unclear why he failed to stop in time to avoid the collision.
The woman was seriously injured and was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition. She later succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead. The exact nature of the charges being brought against the driver deemed responsible for the crash was not totally articulated by police in a public forum, but they have confirmed that charges are pending at this time.
Regardless of the driver is convicted of the charges brought against him, the family of the deceased woman is still entitled to file for wrongful death under New York law in the case of this fatal car accident. The civil case requires evidence of negligence in order for a monetary judgment to be awarded. Thankfully, the family will also be entitled to make use of evidence amassed for use in the criminal case to help support their claim in civil court.
Source: New York Daily News, “Woman in livery cab killed as car rear-ended at red light“, Rocco Parascandola, Jan. 2, 2015