A serious accident claimed the life of a 22-year-old woman and sent her two passengers to a local hospital on the afternoon of July 8, according to local law enforcement. New York police responded to the fatal car crash that involved two vehicles. Thankfully, the other driver was uninjured in the crash.
According to the accident report, the woman was traveling eastbound in the HOV lane of the Long Island Expressway when the accident occurred. Apparently the vehicle crossed the center line and crossed three lanes of traffic before striking an SUV in the far-right lane. It is unclear what caused the driver to do this, though police believe she may have been trying to reach the off-ramp.
The force of the impact was severe, and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene by arriving medical personnel. An 18-year-old woman who had been riding in the front passenger seat was rushed to a local hospital with severe injuries. A 19-year-old woman was also injured, but her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. So far, police have yet to close their investigation on this case, and they have reached out to the community for witnesses.
As the driver was killed in the car crash, New York police will not file posthumous charges against her. However, if it becomes clear that the driver was at fault for the accident, the two injured parties may wish to file personal injury lawsuits against her estate and anyone with ownership interest in the involved vehicle. Police evidence of culpability can be used to support these civil cases.
Source: Newsday, “Police: Bay Shore woman killed, passengers hurt in crash on Long Island Expressway“, Gary Dymski and Ellen Yan, July 9, 2015