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Two people have tragically lost their lives in a crash on Grand Central Parkway in Queens, according to local news sources. New York authorities responded to the fatal car accident around 2:30 a.m. in Astoria on Nov. 27. Their investigation is still ongoing at this time, but thankfully, no one else was involved in the crash.

According to the accident report, two men — a 32-year-old driver and a 36-year-old passenger — were involved in the crash. They were exiting the RFK bridge when the vehicle struck the back of a box truck that was parked on the side of the parkway under an overpass. The collision generated enough force to crush the car completely.

Both men in the car were rushed to a local hospital where they later died of their injuries. The driver of the truck was uninjured. He remained at the scene and cooperated with police, who have not charged him with a crime. Police have not yet speculated as to what may have caused the crash, but they have not ruled out speeding and intoxication as possible factors.

Further investigation will be required to determine why this car accident happened. If the gathered evidence suggests, as seems apparent, that the driver may have precipitated the crash through negligence or recklessness, New York law will allow the family of the deceased passenger to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver’s estate and anyone else with ownership interest in the vehicle involved. Once liability is formally documented, the court will consider claims for specific items of financial damages.

Source: CBS New York, “Crash Kills 2 People On Grand Central Parkway In Queens“, Nov. 27, 2015