Local authorities responded to a deadly crash near the Bronx River Parkway, according to news sources. The car accident happened at approximately 4:15 a.m. on the morning of September 12, and two fatalities have been confirmed. So far, New York police have not filed charges against anyone involved in the accident.
According to police reports, a small vehicle was traveling south when the accident occurred. The vehicle left the road and struck a tree with sufficient force to set the vehicle on fire and split the body in half. The driver and the front-seat passenger were ejected from the vehicle. It is not clear if they were wearing seat belts at the time.
The rear-seat passenger was trapped in the vehicle as it burned. The individual was pronounced dead at the scene and, at the time of this report, had been unidentified due to the severity of the burns that left even the person’s gender a mystery. One of the two individuals in the front seat was pronounced dead at a hospital later, and the other individual was listed as being in critical condition. It is unclear which of the two were driving at the time of the crash.
If the driver survived the crash, he could be held criminally accountable for the car accident if New York police find sufficient evidence of wrongdoing on his part. The families of the deceased would be entitled to file a wrongful death suit against him for his role in the crash. If the driver was killed, the injured party and the family of the rear passenger will be entitled to file personal injury and wrongful death suits, respectively, against the driver’s estate and any other owners of the vehicle.
Source: CBS New York, “2 Killed, 1 Seriously Injured In Bronx River Parkway Crash“, , Sept. 12, 2014