A wrong-way crash on I-87 in Suffern has tragically killed two people, according to recent reports. New York police responded to the car accident that apparently involved one of their own off-duty officers. An investigation into why the crash occurred is ongoing, and so far no definitive answers have been uncovered.
According to the police report, the 32-year-old NYPD officer was on his way to work when his pickup somehow ended up traveling south in the northbound lane of I-87 on August 12. He subsequently crashed headlong into a 59-year-old man driving an SUV in the opposite direction. While it is fortunate that no passengers were being carried by either vehicle at the time, the force of the crash was enough to kill both drivers. They were pronounced dead on the scene by arriving medical personnel.
Little information about possible causes for the crash has been released, though it has been confirmed that autopsies and toxicology scans of both drivers have been requested. Police have not speculated as to whether they believe either driver was behaving erratically at the time of the accident, though it seems clear that something caused one driver to inadvertently enter the wrong lane. The investigation is still underway.
Depending on the outcome of the investigation into this car accident, the family of one of the deceased drivers may have the option to file for wrongful death against the estate of the driver deemed responsible. If this turns out to be the New York police officer, as appears to be the case, the family of the other driver may wish to file such a suit in civil court. A resolution resulting in reparation will require evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the deceased driver.
Source: lohud.com, “Wrong-way crash: NYPD officer’s family members ‘want to know why’“, Hoa Nguyen and Theresa Juva-Brown, Aug. 12, 2014