Two people are dead and another two are in the hospital with injuries following a three-car pileup in Hicksville on the night of Dec. 22, according to law enforcement. New York authorities are still trying to piece together how the car accident happened — an investigation made more complicated by the fact that two of the three drivers involved were killed. Nevertheless, the investigation is ongoing.
So far, it has been determined that a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old boy apparently collided with another vehicle driven by a 26-year-old man, which was carrying two male passengers of similar age. The 26-year-old was in the process of turning out of a parking lot, and it is unclear at this time which of the two drivers had the right-of-way. The force of the collision catapulted the man’s vehicle into a third car, but that driver was apparently unharmed.
The first vehicle crossed the street and struck a tree with enough force to eject the 17-year-old driver, killing him outright. The driver of the second car was also pronounced dead at the scene, and his two passengers were rushed to an area hospital with serious injuries. Police have not speculated publicly at this time about a possible cause for the crash, but the investigation will remain open.
If New York authorities are able to determine which driver was most responsible for the car accident, the family of the deceased driver and the injured parties will be entitled under state law to file wrongful death and personal injury suits against that driver’s estate. Evidence of negligence or other wrongdoing will be required to support such a case. Lawsuits of this type are considered civil rather than criminal and are handled accordingly in an appropriate local court.
Source: patch.com, “Cops: Teen, Man Killed in 3-Car Hicksville Crash“, Adina Genn, Dec. 23, 2014