Five people were injured in a serious car crash in the Bronx on the evening of March 30, according to local sources. The New York Police Department is still attempting to determine how the car accident happened. They have not filed formal charges against the driver involved in the crash, though that individual has been taken into custody.
According to the accident report, the driver of the vehicle lost control and the car mounted the sidewalk around 6:30 p.m. Three people were taken to one local hospital with injuries described as minor, while a further two were taken to another local hospital with similar injuries. The status of the driver was not noted in this report.
It has been determined that the driver was operating the vehicle with a suspended license, which is why that individual was taken into custody. However, it is unclear at this time whether police will choose to charge the driver with further legal infractions. It seems likely that the investigation will need to conclude before any final charges are filed against the driver.
Should the NYPD determine the driver was operating the vehicle in a negligent or reckless manner leading up to the car accident, or that the driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash, criminal charges seem likely. However, even in the absence of criminal charges, the injured parties are still entitled under state law to file personal injury suits against the driver in a New York civil court. Criminal charges are not required for a civil suit of this type to be processed, though evidence of the driver’s negligence will be required.
Source: NBC New York, “Car Jumps Curb on Store-Lined Street, Hurting 5: NYPD“, March 30, 2016