A 78-year-old woman has tragically died following a serious car crash on Long Island, according to local law enforcement sources. Police are still investigating the cause of the car accident that claimed the life of the New York resident and sent another to hospital. No charges have been filed in association with the crash.
According to the police report, the woman was traveling east along North County Road when her vehicle inexplicable moved into the opposing lane. She struck a westbound vehicle head-on. The other car was being driven by a 68-year-old local woman. Emergency first responders were called to the scene immediately.
The 78-year-old woman was rushed to a local hospital, but the injuries she sustained were too severe — she succumbed to her wounds and was pronounced dead. The other woman was also taken to a local hospital and treated for injuries described as non-life threatening. Police have yet to make a determination as to the factors that may have contributed to this accident, though it has been confirmed the road was slippery due to early winter precipitation. The investigation remains ongoing as of this writing.
New York residents are keenly aware of the effect weather can have on driving conditions, and state law demands that drivers adhere to higher standards of caution during inclement weather periods. If it is determined that the deceased driver who changed lanes did so due to inclement weather, it could be argued that she may not have been exercising an appropriate amount of caution in the operation of her vehicle. Such an argument could lead the injured driver to file a personal injury suit against the woman’s estate for damages incurred in the car accident.
Source: CBS New York, Woman, 78, Killed In Crash On Long Island, No author, Dec. 8, 2013