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Two people are dead after a horrific accident involving a speeding driver, according to local sources. New York police responded to the car accident that killed a man and his passenger early on the morning of Aug. 2. The driver is believed to have been speeding at the time of the crash, a fact that likely contributed to the outcome of the accident.

According to police reports, the 30-year-old man was traveling westbound on the Long Island Expressway when the accident happened. He is believed to have been pushing speeds of 107 mph when he lost control of his vehicle, striking a concrete median. The vehicle subsequently burst into flames, and both individuals were trapped inside.

Both men were pulled from the burning wreck by emergency workers around 12:45 a.m. They were rushed to a local hospital, where the driver was pronounced dead. The passenger was pronounced dead approximately six minutes afterward. Both men were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, and police have not speculated as to whether alcohol was involved with the crash at this time. It has been confirmed that high speed contributed to the accident.

This tragic car accident could have been avoided had the driver observed the rules of the road as mandated by New York state law. As the driver is deceased, no criminal charges will be filed. However, the family of the deceased passenger will be entitled to file a wrongful death suit against the estate of the driver, using police evidence of unsafe speeds to prove their case.

Source: New York Post, “2 dead after car going 107 mph crashes and burns“, Matt McNulty and Natasha Velez View, Aug. 2, 2014