Police have reported that a New York woman, known as an arthouse curator, was tragically killed on the evening of Dec. 6. She was, thankfully, the only victim of this fatal accident, though two other people — including her boyfriend — were sent to the hospital. The driver is facing criminal charges, and more could be pending.
According to the accident report, around 5:30 p.m. the victim was walking with her boyfriend in Brooklyn when a vehicle driven by a 39-year-old man attempted to pull around another stopped vehicle. This caused him to lose control of his car, which jumped the curb and struck the woman and two other individuals. She was rushed to a local hospital with critical injuries and was later pronounced dead.
The other two victims, the fatal victim’s boyfriend and a 75-year-old woman, were also taken to the hospital, though they are both expected to survive. The driver involved has been charged with driving without a license and aggravated unlicensed operation. It is unclear whether he will face further charges as the investigation progresses. He was arraigned the following night on the existing charges.
Regardless of whether police choose to file further charges against the man, the family of the deceased woman and the injured parties are entitled under New York law to file civil suits against the man believed responsible for the fatal accident. These suits are separate from criminal proceedings. However, they require satisfactory proof of evidence of negligence on the part of the driver.
Source: nytimes.com, “Brooklyn Crash Victim Is Remembered for Flair, Especially at Holidays“, Sarah Maslin, Dec. 8, 2015