A single-car crash has claimed two lives and sent a third person to the hospital, according to local sources. New York police responded to the car accident during the late evening of Sept. 18. As the driver was among those pronounced dead, there have been no charges filed, but the police investigation into the specifics of the accident is still underway as of this report.
Preliminary reports suggest the vehicle, driven by a 20-year-old man, may have been speeding at the time of the accident. It appears the driver attempted to overtake a second vehicle by swerving in front of it, before attempting to return to the original lane to catch an exit. The move apparently failed, sending the car onto the shoulder of the highway.
The car struck a light pole and a tree, causing serious damage to the vehicle. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency personnel arriving on the scene. A 19-year-old passenger survived long enough to be rushed to a local hospital, only to be pronounced dead later on. A third passenger, a 14-year-old boy, suffered leg injuries and is expected to recover.
If the gathered evidence suggests that the driver was speeding, or if other factors are determined to have played a role in the car accident that are attributable to the driver, the families of the surviving passenger and the deceased passenger will be entitled to file personal injury and wrongful death suits against the driver's estate. Other owners of the vehicle may also be culpable as well. These New York civil suits would require appropriate evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the deceased driver in order for the families to be compensated.
Source: Newsday, "Belt Parkway one-car crash claims life of 2, injures boy, cops say", , Sept. 19, 2014