A car accident has claimed the life of a pedestrian in New York. The car accident reportedly occurred in Queens. New York authorities were called to the scene to conduct an investigation, and a preliminary report suggests that the driver was under the influence.
The incident reportedly happened on a recent early Saturday morning. According to reports, a pedestrian was attempting to make his way across the street when the driver of a Ford sedan hit him. The driver then crashed into a parked vehicle. Medics arrived at the crash scene and transported a female passenger to the hospital with unknown injuries, but she is reportedly in stable condition.
The pedestrian was declared dead at the scene. A witness stated that he heard the crash and then noticed the man’s dead body. The driver of the Ford was charged with criminally negligent homicide and aggravated non-licensed driver. He was also charged with driving under the influence while having a prior conviction within the last 10 years and vehicular homicide.
The driver could face years in prison for his criminal charges and may have to face civil liability as well. The family is still left with the traumatic effects of losing a loved one and may elect to pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver. Many New York families who file claims are able to recover financial compensation and feel some sense of justice on behalf of the deceased. As long as evidence presented is to the satisfaction of a civil court, it will issue an order for payment of financial damages suffered from the car accident.
Source: CBS New York, "Driver Charged Following Crash That Left Pedestrian Dead In Jackson Heights", , July 5, 2014