One woman is dead and two other people have been injured following a serious crash on Long Island, according to local sources. New York police responded to the car accident sometime before 10:00 p.m. the night of July 28. The family of the deceased woman apparently does not want to press charges, even though criminal charges are still being filed in this case.
According to the accident report, a woman was backing out of her driveway while taking her 53-year-old babysitter home when the accident occurred. A driver without a license apparently crashed headlong into the passenger side of the vehicle, critically injuring the babysitter. She was rushed to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead. The drivers of both vehicles were also injured in the crash and taken to local hospitals.
The condition of the woman driving the babysitter is unknown at this time, but the driver who initiated the crash is in non-critical condition. He has been charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He will face those charges in court sometime after he is released from the hospital.
Although the family involved in this tragic car accident has opted not to pursue charges against the driver, New York state law certainly gives them that option. In their position, they would be entitled to file a wrongful death suit against the driver in addition to the criminal charges already filed. Regardless of whether a conviction is won in criminal court, sufficient evidence of negligence on the part of the offending driver could be enough to win a settlement in civil court.
Source: CBS New York, “Babysitter Killed In Tragic Crash In Brentwood, Long Island“, July 29, 2016