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An off-duty auxiliary police officer and one of his passengers are dead following a serious crash in Queens.  New York police have reason to believe the officer was speeding at the time of the car accident, which injured a second person in the vehicle.  As the officer was killed in the accident, no charges have been filed, but the investigation into the cause of the crash is still underway. 

According to the accident record, the 20-year-old auxiliary officer was heading westbound at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his vehicle after attempting to pass another car.  His vehicle left the road and struck a telephone pole and a tree, causing extensive damage to the car.  Witnesses approached the wreck and attempted to open the doors but were unable to do so. 

Arriving firefighters removed the roof of the car and attempted to extricate the passengers.  The front-seat passenger, a 19-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver was rushed to a local hospital with serious injuries, but was also later pronounced dead.  The back-seat passenger, a 14-year-old boy, managed to survive the wreck but suffered two broken legs. 

The tragic loss of life associated with this car accident may be attributable to a poor driving choice on the part of the driver.  If the New York police investigation confirms the man was speeding at the time of the accident, the family of the deceased passenger and of the injured minor could be in a position to file wrongful death and personal injury suits against the driver’s estate.  Evidence from the police investigation could be used to support these civil cases.  

Source: New York Daily News, “Two people die, one injured as auxialliary cop crashes car into tree in Queens“, Ryan Sit, Barry Paddock, Sept. 19, 2014