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1 dead, 1 hospitalized following New York car accident

A fatal accident in Queens has sent one person to the hospital and another to the morgue, according to local news reports. New York police responded to the Queens  car accident just after 10:30 p.m. the night of Dec. 6. Thankfully, only the one car was involved in the crash, which is still under investigation by authorities at the time of this report. 

According to the limited information reported, it appears the 30-year-old driver somehow lost control of his vehicle for reasons unknown. The car crashed into a concrete stanchion and then another parked vehicle. Both the driver and his 30-year-old male passenger were critically injured in the crash. 

Both individuals were rushed to Elmhurst General Hospital for medical treatment, where the driver succumbed to his injuries and was declared dead some time later. The passenger is still in critical condition. Police are attempting to reconstruct the accident to determine what may have caused the driver to lose control. In accordance with normal procedures following a fatal accident, a toxicology scan will likely be conducted as part of the ongoing investigation. 

Should the gathered evidence suggest that the driver was partially or fully responsible for the car accident, the injured passenger may have legal recourse available to him. According to New York state law, the man is entitled to file a personal injury suit against the deceased driver’s estate and anyone else with ownership interest in the vehicle involved. Such a civil suit would still require evidence that the driver negligently caused or meaningfully contributed to the accident. 

Source: njherald.com, “NYPD: Crash in Queens leaves driver dead, man hospitalized”, Dec. 7, 2015