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Car accidents may lead to injuries, deaths in New York

Three people lost their lives in a vehicle accident that recently took place in New York. Four other people were also hurt in the crash. Monetary compensation awarded in a related civil suit may not be able to restore the lives of those lost or undo the injuries suffered in these types of car accidents; however, it may help to provide closure in such a situation.

Police said a little before 5 p.m. on a Saturday, one driver hit six pedestrians. The driver then went through a brick wall and fence. The accident started with a two-vehicle crash that sent one of the vehicles over a nearby sidewalk and into a wall near a house.

According to witnesses, the car that struck the pedestrians and the wall went airborne before the collision happened. A majority of the people who were struck were participating in Halloween trick-or-treating. The three people who were killed included a man who was 24, a girl who was 10 and a man who was 65; the oldest man was pronounced deceased at the accident scene, while the other two were pronounced deceased at a medical center.

The injured individuals included a girl who is 9, a girl who is 3 and a woman who is 21. They were transported to a hospital after the crash. Another man, 52, was also hospitalized; police said he was driving the vehicle involved in the crash and might have suffered a seizure prior to the crash. In car accidents such as this one, a driver who is found to have caused the accident may ultimately be held financially responsible for the deaths and injuries resulting from the accident. In this case, even if it is determined that the 52-year-old man had a seizure and that this led to the New York crash, he may be held liable if his condition was not properly managed or if he was prohibited from driving, for instance.

Source: CBS New York, "3 Dead, Including 10-Year-Old Girl, In Morris Park, Bronx Crash", Oct. 31, 2015

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