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A man is dead and his passenger critically injured following a serious single-car crash in the Bronx on the morning of Jan. 4, according to local law enforcement. New York emergency services responded to the car accident in Williamsbridge around 5:30 a.m. At the moment, authorities are unsure what caused the accident.

According to the accident record, a 31-year-old driver suddenly veered into the oncoming lane. He crossed the lane and struck four parked cars before the vehicle came to rest. Thankfully, all four cars were not occupied at the time of the early morning accident. 

Paramedics arriving on the scene rushed both the driver and his 23-year-old female passenger to a local hospital. The driver was pronounced dead on arrival, and his passenger was admitted to the hospital with a head injury. She is described as being in stable condition at this time, though her identity has not been publicly revealed. Police are continuing to investigate why the man lost control of his vehicle. 

In situations where a car accident occurs for seemingly no reason, New York authorities are tasked with documenting exactly what occurred. It is likely that toxicology testing will be arranged to determine whether he was intoxicated at the time of the crash. Regardless, the injured woman would appear to have grounds to file a personal injury suit against the driver’s estate as well as any other party maintaining an ownership interest in the vehicle involved in the crash. This suit, while civil in nature, requires evidence of negligence to succeed in court. 

Source: pix11.com, “1 dead, 1 hurt after BMW driver slams into parked cars in the Bronx“, Christopher Brito, Jan. 4, 2016