The death of a 33-year-old woman has been blamed on a state trooper who, sources say, failed to yield to oncoming traffic. New York authorities are still investigating the car accident that claimed the life of the woman and injured her two young children. There is no indication at this time that the trooper was responding to an emergency situation.
According to the ongoing investigation, the trooper involved in the accident was a 10-year veteran of the force. Sometime before 7 a.m. on the morning of Oct. 29, the trooper apparently failed to observe posted yield signs and made a left turn, striking the woman’s car. The force of the impact caused significant damage to both vehicles, killing the driver of the other car outright.
The woman’s two children were stuck in the back seat until they could be extricated by emergency responders on the scene. The children, aged 3 and 6 respectively, suffered injuries but were apparently recovering in a local hospital. The trooper involved was treated for injuries described as minor. So far, no charges have been filed, but New York State Police have gone on record saying they are still reviewing evidence and may yet file charges if they feel it’s appropriate.
Police officers, just like other citizens, are duty bound to obey the law. If the gathered evidence confirms the initial assessment that the New York State trooper was at fault for this tragic car accident, he could face charges and possible removal from the force. Regardless, family members of the deceased driver and her children will be entitled to file wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits against the officer and likely his department, even if no criminal conviction is obtained.
Source: wcax.com, “Peru woman killed in accident with NY trooper“, Alex Apple, Oct. 29, 2014