One person is dead following a violent crash in Tompkins County, according to local sources. The two-car accident happened the morning of Sept. 15, around 10:45 a.m. An investigation conducted by the local sheriff’s office in conjunction with the New York State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit is still underway as of this writing, and no charges have yet been filed.
The accident report states that a 47-year-old man was traveling eastbound, heading for an intersection. His car collided with a southbound vehicle driven by an unidentified driver. The force of the impact critically injured the eastbound driver, and he was rushed to a local hospital for emergency treatment. He was pronounced dead later that day.
The other driver was transported to another hospital by ambulance. That driver’s injuries were not considered life-threatening, but no further information was immediately available. It is unclear at this time which of the two drivers may have been responsible for the crash, as the report does not mention whether either of them failed to cede the right of way at the time of the accident.
Once the New York accident reconstruction team is finished with their investigation, it is hoped that they will have determined which driver was responsible for the car accident, and why. If the evidence suggests that one of the two drivers was negligent or reckless in a manner that caused the accident, a civil cause of action for financial relief would exist in favor of the other driver. The estate of the deceased victim would represent his interests in any civil legal proceedings.
Source: wbng.com, “One dead after two-car crash in Tompkins County”, Sept. 17, 2015