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A motor vehicle crash of any kind is unpleasant, and it is devastating whenever lives are lost as a result of any car accident in New York. More so, the loss of a young child’s life is understandably an unexpected, frightening and sorrowful circumstance. Nevertheless, this type of tragedy can and does happen in Poughkeepsie and Newburgh as well as in other parts of the state.

New York State Police are currently investigating a crash involving two vehicles that resulted in the death of a 6-year-old passenger in Milton. The car accident victim’s 34-year-old father was travelling through the intersection of New York State Route 29 and Murray Road when he apparently neglected to yield the right of way, according to the initial reports from the police. He struck another vehicle driven by a 21-year-old Johnstown man. The impact of the crash caused serious injuries to the 6-year-old, who was later pronounced dead. There were five others involved in the multi-vehicle car accident, all of whom were treated for injuries characterized as non-life threatening.

Alcohol was not a contributing factor to this accident, according to authorities. Currently no charges have been made against any of the parties, but the investigation is said to be ongoing. If the preliminary indications withstand further inquiry, those injured in the car accident may decide to pursue personal injury claims to recover monetary damages against any and all negligent parties.

Unfortunately, this tragic case clearly emphasizes the fact that negligent driving can cause serious harm to not only the driver, but others who may be on the road. Hopefully this accident and others like it will serve as somber reminders to New York drivers to keep both hands on the wheel, both eyes on the road and to follow traffic laws. It could go a long way toward keeping our roads safe.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, “Boy killed in upstate NY car accident,” Associated Press, Feb. 19, 2012