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Car accident in New York kills cab passenger

A 37-year-old man is facing serious charges following a car crash that left one woman dead and another man badly injured. The man was arrested by New York authorities following the car accident that involved a livery cab. He has been charged with manslaughter, DUI and a host of other charges. 

Authorities say the accident, which happened in the Bronx on New Year’s Day, was precipitated when a high-performance car rear-ended a cab that had been stopped at a red light around 8 p.m. The force of the impact completely crumpled the trunk section of the cab, lending credence to the belief that the driver of the other vehicle may have been speeding at the time. The 27-year-old woman who had been sitting in the back seat was critically injured and rushed to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. 

The driver of the cab, a 54-year-old man, was also injured in the crash but was in stable condition as of this report. The 37-year-old driver believed to be responsible for the crash remained on the scene and was summarily charged with a number of infractions for which he could face serious jail time if found guilty. He and a passenger in his vehicle were taken in for minor injuries as well. 

New York authorities are already filing charges against the driver believed responsible for this car accident, which means a criminal hearing will take place. In addition, the family of the deceased passenger and the cab driver himself will be entitled to file civil suits against this driver for wrongful death and personal injury. Though the cases are civil in nature, they can use evidence from the criminal case to support their claim. 

Source: NBC New York, “Livery Cab Passenger Dies in Alleged Drunk Driving Crash on New Year’s Day: NYPD“, Jan. 2, 2015