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N.Y. car accidents: driver in fatal crash thought he was alone

The holidays are a time when many New York residents visit with friends and families. Parties and celebrations where alcoholic beverages are served are often frequented. Unfortunately, some people who partake of alcohol choose to drive, and car accidents occur. A 17-year-old died in an accident involving a drunk driver.

A 22-year-old man had been at a holiday party when he and the younger man left to drive into the city. Police reports state that the man was speeding on the Manhattan Bridge when he jumped a curb. His car flipped over and caught on fire after it had struck a light pole and fire hydrant. The man was traveling at 65 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone at the time of the crash.

The vehicle was crushed so badly that first responders worked 20 minutes to remove the driver and passenger from the wreckage. The younger man, who was a week away from his 18th birthday, was transported to a nearby hospital. He died there later from injuries suffered in the accident.

The driver, who admitted to having some drinks at the party, had a Breathalyzer reading of more than twice the legal limit. He has been charged with manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter. The driver recently told police that he had believed he was alone in the car at the time of the crash.

Car accidents involving drunk drivers unfortunately claim the lives of many New York residents. Survivors of these accidents may pursue wrongful death litigation against the drunk drivers. While a favorable outcome in a lawsuit can never replace a lost loved one, a monetary award can help with unanticipated funeral expenses. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can work with clients throughout the legal process to achieve a successful result in the proceedings.

Source: New York Daily News, "Drunk driver whose friend died in crash thought he was alone", Shayna Jacobs, Jan. 11, 2018

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