Car crashes are an unfortunate part of modern life. Sometimes, there is no discernible cause for them. It may appear to be the result of a set of circumstances that, regrettably, added up to a car accident. However, there are plenty of instances in which a person clearly acted negligently to generate the collision. This is what the police have accused a young driver of here in New York, after they say his reckless driving caused an accident that resulted in the deaths of two people?
Authorities say that a 20-year-old man was driving in a dangerous manner. They claim the driver originally struck a police vehicle and fled the scene. Local police appealed to state law enforcement for help in apprehending the suspect. As police were attempting to pull over the driver, they say he struck another car head-on while traveling at a high rate of speed. One person died at the scene of the crash, and another died a short time later after being rushed to a local hospital; a third remains in serious condition.
Police took the suspect into custody and charged him with multiple offenses, including a DWAI, reckless driving, speeding and other crimes. Though authorities have charged the man with being under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident, they have not disclosed what drug the man is suspected of taking nor have they said how they determined he might have been impaired. They have said they may press more charges and that their investigation is still continuing.
This tragic New York car accident is only made worse knowing that it might have been preventable. No matter the outcome of any of the criminal charges the young man is facing, the surviving family of the victims could decide to file a civil claim against him for the wrongful death of their loved ones. A successfully litigated claim could result in monetary restitution that could be useful in covering any expenses and other damages the family might have incurred from their devastating loss.
Source: wptz.com, “New details released on fatal crash in Ray Brook“, , July 25, 2014