New York Route 22 in Putnam County was closed for several hours on Columbus Day. This followed a fatal crash that claimed the life of a man from Ossining. According to a preliminary report, this was one of those car accidents that followed one driver's unsafe attempt to pass another vehicle.
Sheriff's investigators and the New York State Police spent hours on the reconstruction of the accident and clearing the scene. The investigation is ongoing. Reportedly, a 47-year-old woman who was southbound proceeded to pass a tractor-trailer that was in front of her and heading in the same direction. However, she was unable to complete the pass before encountering the northbound vehicle.
A head-on collision between the two vehicles followed, causing fatal injuries to the 56-year-old northbound driver. The victim died at the crash scene due to the traumatic injuries he suffered in the accident. Authorities say the other driver was transported to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. It appears the tractor-trailer was not involved in the crash.
New York families who have to cope with the loss of loved ones after car accidents that resulted from the negligence of other parties may pursue claims for financial relief. Many choose to utilize the skills of an experienced personal injury attorney to navigate a wrongful death lawsuit for them because establishing negligence can be a challenging task. Once that is accomplished, the court will adjudicate documented claims for financial losses such as end-of-life expenses, loss of income and various emotional damages sustained.
Source: Southeast, NY Patch, "Columbus Day Crash In Patterson Kills One", Lanning Taliaferro, Oct. 10, 2017