An out-of-control SUV sent two people to the hospital in East Harlem on Jan. 21, according to local sources. Among the victims of the car accident was an off-duty New York police officer whose foot was crushed. The driver is currently in police custody but apparently no charges have yet been filed.
According to the accident report, a woman was walking out of a laundromat shortly before 2 p.m. when a speeding SUV jumped the curb and entered the sidewalk. The vehicle crushed the woman against the wall of a building, but not before it ran over the foot of an off-duty police officer. The officer was not badly hurt, but he was taken to the hospital for treatment of his ankle.
The woman who was crushed was in far worse condition. She was rushed in critical condition to a local hospital by arriving EMS workers. So far, details about why the crash happened have not been widely reported as the police investigation is still underway. It has been confirmed that the unidentified driver was taken into custody by police shortly after the crash.
It remains unclear what criminal charges were filed against the driver. Nevertheless, the injured parties involved in the car accident are entitled to sue for personal injury in a New York civil court. Any evidence turned up by the police investigation that suggests the driver was responsible, in whole or in part, for the accident that injured them can be offered to support claims for reimbursement of monetary damages sustained.
Source: pix11.com, “Two injured after vehicle crashes into building in East Harlem“, Katherine Lam and Jay Dow, Jan. 21, 2016