New York police are still investigating a fatal crash involving a 19-year-old driver lost control of a vehicle and crashed into a house on Aug. 30. The car accident claimed the life of a 17-year-old girl and sent the other three individuals in the single-vehicle crash to local hospitals. At the moment, police have not filed charges against the driver.
According to the accident report, it appears the driver was traveling northbound around 9 p.m. when the accident occurred. The driver somehow lost control of the vehicle and struck a telephone pole before traveling on and crashing into the side of a house. Thankfully, none of the people in the residence were injured, but unfortunately, the house was condemned due to the severity of the damage.
The car was also badly damaged and all four occupants needed to be extricated from the wreckage. One passenger, a 17-year-old girl, was declared dead at the hospital. The driver suffered minor injuries, and the remaining passengers have injuries that are serious but not life threatening. Police believe speed may have been a factor on the crash, but they have ruled out drugs and alcohol. Currently, no charges are pending.
If it is determined that the driver was traveling too fast for the road conditions at the time of the car accident, it is possible New York police will file criminal charges. However, even if they do not, the family of the deceased girl and those injured are entitled under state law to file wrongful death and personal injury suits against the driver and any separate owner of the vehicle he was operating. These suits are civil in nature, and although they require evidence of negligence or recklessness, they do not depend upon criminal convictions or even the necessity for criminal charges.
Source: abc7ny.com, “Police investigating after teen killed when car crashed into a home on Long Island“, Aug. 31, 2015