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A tragic crash in Suffern claimed the life of a 17-year-old student from an Orthodox Jewish school. New York police have reported that another student was also injured in the car accident. So far, police have not filed charges against the driver involved in the crash, but they say their investigation is ongoing at this time.

The accident took place late Sept. 7 outside the school. An off-duty police officer attempted to pass another vehicle when the two cars collided, sending the second car careening into a group of students who were waiting in the driveway of the school for a ride. The school is located just off U.S. Route 202.

Two students, aged 17 and 19, were rushed to local hospitals. The younger student was later pronounced dead. The elder student is still hospitalized with serious injuries. It does not appear anyone else, including the drivers involved in the crash, were injured. The investigation is still underway according to police spokespeople.

A fatal car accident always demands an in-depth investigation into the cause, particularly where the victim is a pedestrian. It seems possible in this case that the off-duty police officer might face charges if it is determined he was operating his vehicle in a reckless or negligent manner at the time of the crash. Even if no charges are filed, New York state law allows the family of the deceased student and the injured student to file wrongful death and personal injury suits against the officer. If sufficient evidence shows he could have avoided the accident, the court may award damages in such suits.

Source: dailyprogress.com, “Police: 1 killed, 1 injured in chain reaction crash near NYC”, Sept. 8, 2016