A tragedy on Christmas morning claimed the life of a 24-year-old passenger of a car and sent three others to the hospital. They were all occupants of a sedan that was involved in a single-vehicle crash in upstate New York. As with many other such car accidents, police have not released details about the cause of the crash while the investigation was ongoing.
A preliminary accident report indicates that a car with four occupants crashed into a utility pole in Colonie with such force that the vehicle was split in two. Investigators are studying surveillance cameras in the area as a part of their search for clues. Although the footage shows another vehicle turning onto the same road at about that time, there was no indication of that vehicle’s involvement. However, it was noted that swerving to avoid that vehicle might have caused the sedan driver to lose control and crash into the pole.
Reportedly, some of the occupants of the car were ejected during the accident. The driver, a 17-year-old male, was rushed to the hospital, as were another 17-year-old male and a 21-year-old woman. All three were reported to be in critical condition. The crash occurred shortly before 7 a.m., and law enforcement and emergency personnel spent several hours investigating the scene. Although nothing seems to show alcohol or drug involvement, police suspect speed to have played a role in this accident.
The surviving family members of deceased victims of car accidents might consider seeking financial relief by filing a wrongful death claim through the New York civil justice system. With the support and guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney, they could pursue recovery of end-of-life expenses and other monetary damages. Legal counsel can advocate for them throughout the legal proceedings.