A water vendor in Queens is dead following a crash involving an elderly man, according to local police. New York law enforcement responded to the car accident on Sept. 23 when it was reported that a car had jumped the curb. The victim, a 42-year-old man, was pronounced dead later in the day. The investigation into the accident is still underway according to police.
Reports indicate the driver of the vehicle, a man whose age has gone unrecorded but who has been described as a senior citizen, lost control of his car on 28th avenue. His vehicle left the road and mounted the sidewalk, where he struck the 42-year-old victim who was selling water bottles. The man was rushed to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
The driver of the vehicle and an unidentified passenger both sustained moderate injuries in the crash and were also taken to a local hospital. Police have not commented on why the accident took place, but they have indicated they are not intending to file charges against the driver in question. There is no word on the condition of either the driver or his passenger at the time of this writing.
The driver involved in this tragic car accident may not be held criminally responsible for the death of the water vendor, but New York law will allow the family of the deceased to file a wrongful death lawsuit against him regardless. Such a case would be handled in a civil court setting. Residents are reminded that criminal charges are not mandatory in order for a wrongful death case to be pursued.
Source: NBC New York, Car Jumps Curb, Hits and Kills Water Peddler in Queens, Andrew Siff, Sept. 23, 2013