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A Dec. 6 accident that killed an out-of-state man may be the fault of a woman now facing charges, according to local law enforcement. A 33-year-old woman has been charged with vehicular homicide following a car accident in a New York county that resulted in the death of a 27-year-old man. The woman has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and a court date is pending. 

The accident report notes that the 27-year-old driver was attempting to navigate a curve in the road, sliding sideways into the oncoming lane. Normally this would mitigate charges in the ensuing accident, but it turns out that the 33-year-old woman was not only speeding at the time of the crash but may also have been intoxicated. Prosecutors have pointed out that her elevated blood alcohol level, which they believe to have been above the legal limit at the time of the crash, may have contributed to the inability to stop in time. They are still awaiting the results of a toxicology scan to confirm or deny these allegations. 

The 27-year-old was killed in the ensuing crash, and the extent of the 33-year-old’s injuries, if any, were not reported. She now stands charged with vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence and driving recklessly. If she is convicted, she could face serious jail time. 

If the toxicology scan reveals the woman to have been intoxicated at the time of the car accident, this would constitute damning evidence that could lead to a guilty verdict in the criminal court setting. In addition, New York law will entitle the family of the deceased driver to sue for wrongful dismissal in a civil setting. This suit would make use of any evidence used in the criminal proceedings, regardless of the verdict in that case.

Source: hudsoncountyview.com, “Clifton woman charged in fatal West New York car accident from December”, John Heinis, Jan. 30, 2015