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An out-of-state woman is dead following a serious crash around 7:30 a.m. on April 14. New York State Police responded to the single-car accident that killed its driver and left a passenger injured. An investigation into the cause of the crash is still ongoing at this time, according to police. 

The accident report states the 20-year-old driver and her 22-year-old passenger, both women, were returning from a trip to Niagara Falls when the accident occurred. For reasons that are at this time unknown, the woman allowed the car to drift onto the shoulder, where it struck a guide rail. The car went airborne and eventually crashed into a 2-foot deep stream. 

The driver of the car was found dead when medical personnel arrived, after the passenger managed to extricate herself from the vehicle and climb back up to the road to flag down help. The passenger suffered a broken leg and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Police are still unsure what caused the car to drift, but they have assured local sources that they will get to the bottom of the accident. 

If it should be determined by New York police that the driver of the vehicle was somehow negligent or otherwise responsible for the car accident, the injured passenger may have legal recourse available to her. Should she wish to do so, she could file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver’s estate and anyone with ownership interest in the vehicle. Such a suit is civil rather than criminal in nature. 

Source: CBS Boston, “Massachusetts Woman Killed In NY Car Crash“, April 17, 2015