A horrific crash on Halloween night has resulted in the deaths of three people, according to local sources. The car accident, which happened in the Bronx around 4:50 p.m., also injured several other people. The driver responsible for the horrific crash is in serious but stable condition but has not yet been charged with a crime pending the New York police investigation.
The accident report paired with witness testimony states that the driver of the vehicle involved in the crash apparently repeatedly bumped a vehicle in front of him before bearing left, sideswiping a bus in the process. The car then jumped the curb and went airborne before crashing through a fence and becoming stuck on a brick wall. The driver apparently struck six individuals on the sidewalk.
Of the six, a 65-year-old army veteran was pronounced dead at the scene. A 10-year-old girl who was the older man’s granddaughter was rushed to a hospital with internal bleeding, but later succumbed to her injuries. A 24-year-old man was also rushed to a hospital before being declared dead. Three other individuals, including a 3-year-old girl, were also taken to hospitals. Police said the driver may have been suffering from a medical condition at the time of the crash.
Even if a medical condition is responsible for the driver’s erratic behavior, it is still possible he could be held criminally liable in the car accident if he drove with the knowledge that his condition could put others in danger. Regardless, New York law will allow the families of the deceased, as well as those surviving with injuries, to file lawsuits against the driver. Wrongful death and personal injury suits are civil in nature and not contingent upon a criminal conviction or charge to be filed.
Source: New York Daily News, “10-year-old girl among three dead as car plows into trick-or-treaters in the Bronx“, Kerry Burke, Chauncey Alcorn, Thomas Tracy, Rich Schapiro, Oct. 31, 2015