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It may take New York police some time to sort through the details of a recent car accident in Harlem. One passenger was killed and several other people injured in the two vehicle fatal accident. In the immediate aftermath of the crash, one driver was detained and charged with operating a motor vehicle without a license as well as aggravated unlicensed operation. Those criminal charges, however, do not fully explain exactly what occurred.

The fatal accident took place on Broadway at 135th Street at about 2 p.m. on a recent Wednesday. A small sedan was headed south on Broadway when it turned left to enter 135th Street. Police say a van operated by the man they subsequently arrested collided with the car. Both vehicles were forced to the sidewalk and struck a 44-year-old female pedestrian.

A passenger sitting in the front seat of the car later died at a hospital from injuries sustained in the crash. The car driver and two infants sitting in the rear seat, along with the injured pedestrian, were all sent to the hospital. Each of them is expected to survive their injuries. Any family relationship among the car occupants was not disclosed.

As New York police continue to investigate the fatal accident, the family of the deceased passenger is likely struggling to cope with the senseless tragedy. The completed investigation may shed more light on whether one or both drivers were negligent in a manner that caused or contributed to the crash. All of the parties to the accident, including the surviving family of the deceased passenger, retain the right to pursue claims for monetary damages sustained as the result of any negligent acts that are proved to have proximately caused the motor vehicle accident.

Source: NBC New York, “Man Arrested in Deadly 2-Car Accident in Harlem,” Ida Siegal, Feb. 7, 2013