Two people have tragically died following a single-vehicle accident in Albany early on the morning of May 20. New York State Police responded to the car accident around 2:06 a.m. The accident is still under investigation, and police have asked anyone with knowledge about the crash to come forward to assist the process.
According to the current accident report, a 25-year-old driver apparently allowed his vehicle to drift off the roadway while he was traveling eastbound on Interstate 90 not far from Exit 24. As a result, the vehicle struck both a guard rail and a street sign before stopping. The driver was pronounced dead by medical authorities responding to the scene.
A 26-year-old passenger was rushed to a local hospital, but tragically, she was also later pronounced dead. Police have not speculated publicly as to what may have caused the driver to drift off the road, but they have not discounted the possibility of negligence, recklessness and/or intoxication. A routine toxicology examination will likely be part of their ongoing investigation into this accident.
Should New York police determine the driver involved in the car accident was responsible for the crash, it may be possible for the family of the deceased passenger to pursue legal avenues. While no criminal charges are filed posthumously, the family could file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver’s estate as well as any registered owner of the vehicle. Such a suit would be handled in a civil court, and would require evidence of the driver’s negligence in causing or materially contributing to the accident.
Source: news10.com, “State Police: Two people ID???ed in deadly Exit 24 accident on Thruway“, Lauren Linder, May 20, 2016