Police are still investigating the fatal crash that claimed the life of a motorcyclist and critically injured his passenger on Aug. 4. New York State Police responded to the car accident near the town of Le Roy. No charges have yet been filed in connection with the accident, though police have released the names of the victim.
Reports indicate the man, a 19-year-old from Bergen, was traveling with a 19-year-old female passenger when the incident occurred. Police say a vehicle driven by a 50-year-old Bergen resident was attempting to make a left-hand turn when she inadvertently drove into the path of the motorcycle. The ensuing crash critically injured both people on the motorcycle.
Medical personnel arriving at the scene declared the driver of the motorcycle dead on arrival, and rushed his passenger to a local hospital with injuries described as severe. She is listed as in critical condition from multiple wounds. There is no word as to the condition of the driver of the car at this point. She does not seem to be in police custody as no arrest was reported to have been made.
The tragic loss of a young life is a blow to his family and friends, particularly if the car accident that claimed it could have been avoided. New York Police will no doubt run routine toxicology screens and continue to investigate the accident, but if the motorcyclist is found to be not at fault for the accident, his next-of-kin will be entitled to file a wrongful death suit against the driver of the car. Additionally, the injured passenger would be entitled in either case to file a personal injury suit against the driver found to be at fault.
Source: wbta1490.com, “Fatal Motorcycle Accident in LeRoy,” Dan Fischer, Aug. 4, 2013