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3-car accident kills woman in New York

A serious car crash killed one woman and injured six other people on June 17. New York police have reason to believe alcohol was involved in the car accident which claimed the life of a 55-year-old woman. She was a passenger in one of the three cars involved in the crash. A 26-year-old female driver has been charged with DWI and manslaughter in the second degree.

According to the accident report, the 26-year-old failed to properly negotiate a curve on a local roadway in Yates County, causing her vehicle to leave the roadway, cross a grassy area and a set of train tracks before entering Route 14. There, her car struck a vehicle being driven by a 63-year-old woman, and another driven by a 37-year-old man. The resulting crash was reported to local authorities, who responded immediately.

A passenger in the 63-year-old's car was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, while six other people -- including the driver who reportedly started the accident -- suffered varying injuries. All were transported to local hospitals. The 26-year-old driver will be released into police custody after her injuries are treated, and she has been charged with DWI and second-degree manslaughter. She will be arraigned upon her release.

If New York investigators prove the woman believed to be responsible for the car accident was drunk at the time of the crash, she will likely face serious penalties for any wrongdoing. Separately, the family of the deceased passenger and the other injured parties will be entitled to file wrongful death and personal injury suits against her. Evidence used in the criminal case may also be offered to support these civil cases.

Source: observer-review.com, "Dundee woman dies in three car accident", , July 18, 2014

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