One person is dead and several others are seriously hurt following a car crash on Staten Island the afternoon of June 19, according to local sources. New York police and eyewitnesses described the scene of the car accident as a war zone after some ten vehicles were involved in a chain reaction crash. So far, no charges have been filed in association with this case.
According to the accident report, around 1:45 p.m. an elderly woman reportedly lost control of her sedan, striking a red pickup truck. The resulting chain reaction eventually included ten cars, though the accident report does not go into detail as to how each vehicle was involved. A 75-year-old man who was a passenger in an SUV involved in the crash was reported dead at the scene.
Witnesses have suggested that the woman may have suffered from a medical condition and, as a result, passed out at the wheel. Regardless, she was rushed to a local hospital with critical injuries. Several other people, up to a dozen, were hurt in the crash. Volunteers described the scene as the worst they had ever seen.
While a medical condition may articulate the cause of this car accident, it may or may not excuse the responsible party. New York law requires that people with medical conditions either not drive vehicles or else take appropriate precautions with their conditions in mind. If it can be proven the woman was driving against the advice of her doctor or while under the influence of medication for her condition, she could still be held liable for the accident. If this is the case, the family of the deceased and all injured parties could be in a position to sue her for wrongful death and personal injury, respectively.
Source: NBC New York, “1 Dead, Others Seriously Injured In Staten Island Crash“, June 19, 2016