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Teen killed in crash near Plattekill

Seeing a car accident seems almost commonplace in today’s world. They are an unfortunate part of transportation due to the number of vehicles on the road and the increased number of distractions for drivers on the road. Poughkeepsie residents are quite familiar with the dangers of weather conditions and how a car accident can happen in the blink of an eye due to them. And while weather conditions can certainly make driving more difficult, drivers have a responsibility to operate their vehicles in a manner appropriate for weather conditions.

Recently, a car accident resulted in the death of a young woman. A PT Cruiser was traveling north on Route 32 when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The car spun into the opposite lane and collided with a Jeep Liberty before landing in a ditch on the southbound lane. The car accident victim was sitting in the passenger side of the PT Cruiser.

The other vehicle involved in the car accident contained a driver and two passengers. They were each transported to medical facilities and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The police investigation of this car accident will continue. As of now, no charges have been filed. However, the driver of the vehicle at fault for the accident may still be at risk for further ramifications due to this incident.

The family of the car accident victim may feel that they have a case against the driver. It’s also possible that the occupants of the other vehicle involved with the car accident have grounds for filing complaints against the driver. In any case, drivers in Poughkeepsie should be aware of their legal rights should they find themselves in a similar situation. Although weather conditions can contribute to accidents, it’s important that drivers remember to slow down and focus on the road.

Source: Poughkeepsie Journal, “Plattekill teen killed in car accident,” Feb. 29, 2012