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A woman tragically lost her life in Long Island on the afternoon of March 7, local police have reported. The 81-year-old New York resident was thrown from her car following a car accident involving at least two other vehicles. Her identity is currently being withheld by police forces ahead of identifying and contacting next-of-kin.

According to preliminary reports, it appears the woman was driving her car when she struck another vehicle. The details of this collision are fragmented, and it is unclear whether the woman driving or the driver of the other vehicle was at fault for the collision. The force of the impact pushed the woman into the path of an oncoming tractor trailer.

When the car and the trailer collided, she was thrown from her vehicle. Emergency first responders declared her dead at the scene of the accident. No one else involved in the accident reported any injuries, and police have not filed any criminal charges associated with this case as of this report.

It is difficult to say, pending further investigation, whether the other driver involved in the accident will be found to have been partly or wholly responsible for the collision. If the gathered evidence suggests this may be true, the other driver could face criminal charges for his or her role in the car accident. The victim’s next of kin will be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the other driver in a New York civil court, provided they can provide sufficient evidence that the other driver’s road conduct played a role in causing or contributing to the fatal accident.

Source: NBC New York, Elderly Woman Killed in Long Island Car Crash, No author, Mar. 8, 2014