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One person is dead following a fatal crash on I-87, according to local law enforcement. New York police responded to the single-car accident that killed a 43-year-old man and left his 45-year-old passenger seriously injured. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident, and so far they have not made any definitive determinations.

According to the accident report, a sports car was traveling south on I-87 when the accident occurred. For reasons unknown, the driver apparently hit a guard rail, which caused his vehicle to leave the road. The car traveled down an embankment and struck a tree. It is unknown how fast the man was traveling at the time of impact.

The local coroner’s office pronounced the driver dead at the scene of the accident. Medical personnel rushed the passenger to a local hospital for treatment. Her injuries are described as serious but non-life threatening. Relatives have been notified by state troopers, who are continuing their investigation as of this writing. So far, police have not speculated as to whether intoxication was a factor in the accident, but a toxicology report will no doubt be ordered as part of the investigation moving forward.

If police determine that the driver was at fault for the car accident that killed him, there will likely be no further investigation. However, the injured passenger will be entitled to file a personal injury suit against him in a New York civil court if she so desires. Evidence of his negligence or other contributing factors will be a necessary part of any such case.

Source: news10.com, “One dead after Northway accident“, , Aug. 24, 2014