A man who was fleeing police has been charged in the deaths of two individuals and the serious injury of a third, according to local sources. New York police apprehended the 20-year-old man following a devastating car accident that injured an 11-year-old girl and killed both her parents. The man faces a litany of charges with more on the way, according to police. He is currently being held against $100,000 bail.
According to the accident report, the man was observed driving in a reckless manner by state police, who initiated a chase. The man was in the process of fleeing officers when his vehicle entered the eastbound lane of Route 86 and struck another car head-on. The force of the impact ran both vehicles off the road.
The driver of the car was killed on impact, according to medical authorities arriving on the scene, and the front-seat passenger was critically injured and airlifted to a local hospital. She later succumbed to her injuries. The back-seat passenger (the couple's 11-year-old daughter) also suffered serious injuries and was rushed to a hospital, where her condition is described as stable. The man faces charges of attempted assault, reckless endangerment and a variety of other charges.
If the man is convicted of the criminal charges with respect to the car accident, he will likely face serious criminal penalties for his actions. Regardless of the outcome of any criminal proceedings, the surviving family of the victims will be entitled under New York law to file wrongful death and personal injury suits against the driver. They would be overseen in a civil court setting, based upon evidence of negligence.
Source: dailyjournal.net, "Man charged in Adirondack crash that killed couple, injured daughter; driver was fleeing cops", , July 25, 2014