One person is dead and another is in critical condition following a serious crash in Fishkill, according to local sources. New York State Police are still investigating the cause of the fatal accident that claimed the life of an unknown individual. So far, they have not filed charges against either driver involved in the crash, but their investigation is considered ongoing as of this report.
The accident report currently confirms that a vehicle being driven by an unidentified man was traveling westbound when it suddenly crossed the center median of the road. It entered the eastbound lanes and struck a tractor trailer headed in the other direction. The driver of the tractor trailer escaped injury in the ensuing crash.
However, the driver of the car suffered critical injuries and was airlifted to a local hospital. His passenger, who has not been identified by police at this time, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. It is unclear whether police are considering recklessness, negligence or intoxication as possible causes of the crash.
New York State Police will continue their investigation into this fatal accident until they determine exactly what happened to precipitate it. If the driver of the car is found responsible in any way for the circumstances leading up to the crash, that individual could face criminal charges related to the death of his passenger. Regardless of whether police choose to file charges, the family of the deceased passenger will be entitled to file a wrongful death suit against the driver. With sufficient evidence, a court could award financial damages to the family.
Source: hodsonvalleynewsnetwork.com, “NYSP Investigate Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident on I-84“, Kathy Welsh, Sept. 22, 2015