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Car accident in New York leads to charges

A 23-year-old man is under arrest following an alleged hit-and-run accident in Franklin Square. New York police have confirmed the man was arrested and charged with manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatal car accident. As of this report, it is unclear whether he has retained counsel. 

According to the accident report, around 4:15 a.m. the morning of April 23, a vehicle driven by the 23-year-old man plowed into the side of a taxi cab with tremendous force, leading police to believe he was speeding at the time of the crash. The driver of the cab has not been publicly identified by police at this time. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The cab’s passenger was treated at a local hospital for a fractured foot. The driver responsible for the crash apparently fled the scene at high speed before being caught later on on the Hempstead Turnpike. He was arrested and now stands charged with hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter. There is no word of a court date at this time. 

If the man is convicted on the criminal charges pertaining to the car accident, he will likely face jail time. Separately, the family of the deceased man will have the opportunity to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver in a New York civil court. Any separate owner of the accused man’s vehicle may also be named as a defendant in a civil lawsuit based on evidence of negligence. They will likely use the evidence gathered by police to support any civil case, even if the man is not convicted on the criminal charges. 

Source: pix11.com, “Driver charged with manslaughter in Hempstead Turnpike taxi crash“, April 23, 2016