A 24-year-old man is in custody following a fatal accident in Queens on the afternoon of Dec. 31, according to local law enforcement. New York police responded to the car accident in the mid-afternoon. The man has been charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and is currently awaiting trial.
Authorities have reported that the man was traveling south on 33rd Avenue when he collided with another vehicle in an intersection. The details of the crash are not clear as of this report, but the 56-year-old woman driving the other car was confirmed to have been killed in the crash. It is unknown if anyone else was injured in either vehicle. The driver’s condition is also unknown.
Police have confirmed the man was driving without a license, and it seems possible that further charges may arise connected to this accident. They have not speculated as to whether the man was driving recklessly or if he was intoxicated at the time of the accident, but these avenues will be further explored as the investigation continues. Currently, the only charge the man faces is for unlicensed driving.
This car accident will need further investigation before the case goes proceeds, as New York police will need to determine whether the man charged with unlicensed driving was also responsible for the accident. If the investigation reveals that he is also criminally responsible for the crash that killed the victim, he will face even more severe potential consequences. Additionally, the family of the deceased may choose to pursue a civil suit for wrongful death against him, making use of evidence from any criminal proceedings as support for their own case.
Source: NBC New York, Man Arrested in Fatal Queens Crash: NYPD, No author, Dec. 31, 2013