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New York driver charged in wrongful death tried to flee

Some people involved in car accidents in New York are fortunate to escape with a few bumps and bruises or with no injuries at all. Others are not so lucky. When approaching a green light, many drivers slow down to make sure those approaching a red light will stop as they should. When they do not stop, tragedy is likely. Drivers who speed through red traffic signals may end up causing the wrongful death of another.

Recently a collision involving an SUV and a minivan ended in tragedy. The minivan was traveling east across an intersection around 10 p.m. when it was struck by the SUV which was heading south at a high rate of speed. The 20-year-old passenger of the minivan was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead. The driver was also hospitalized with back and neck injuries. The passenger in the SUV was not injured.

The driver of the SUV jumped out of the vehicle and tried to run away, but police captured him. He was arrested for manslaughter, driving while impaired and criminally negligent homicide. Police also charged him with leaving the scene, and he and his passenger were both charged with criminal possession of marijuana. The two may expect some serious times ahead, but the families of the victims now face a long road of suffering.

While the driver of the minivan survived the accident, he or she will undoubtedly endure a lengthy time of recovery. This may mean medical bills, loss of wages, perhaps even permanent disability and chronic pain. Then there are the funeral expenses of the passenger and the inestimable cost of losing a loved one. When people in New York suffer personal injury or the death of a family member due to another person's negligence, the may consider filing a wrongful death claim in order to pursue recovery of the compensation they deserve.

Source: New York Post, "Man dies in crash with SUV", Amanda Woods, June 12, 2016

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