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When the weather is treacherous, motorists have an extra incentive to abide by their responsibility to operate their vehicle with a reasonable degree of care on the roadways. If they do not, they put both themselves and other motorist at risk of being involved in a motor vehicle crash. Although it is unclear exactly what happened in a recent New York accident, one woman has been killed when the SUV she was riding in was struck by a police cruiser early one recent Tuesday morning.

Police say that an SUV with five occupants was broadsided by a police car at around 1:30 a.m. The police officer was reportedly responding to a Hurricane Sandy call. It was disclosed, however, that the police car had not activated its emergency lights at the time of the crash.

One woman, identified as being 21 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene. Meanwhile, the other four occupants of the SUV were transported to a local hospital. One was listed in critical condition. The police officer involved in the crash also suffered injuries, including a concussion.

As police continue to investigate this motor vehicle crash, they may uncover more evidence that leads to them making a final determination as to who was responsible for causing the collision. These findings may be important to any accident victims who wish to assess their right to file a civil law suit in a New York court. A successfully litigated civil suit for wrongful death or personal injury, as applicable, may provide the opportunity to recover financial damages that will assist them as they try to move forward in their struggle to come to terms with this tragic event.

Source: Huffington Post, “Vishwaja Muppa, Stony Brook Student, Killed In Sandy-Related Car Crash,” Andrea Stone, Nov. 2, 2012