Charges filed in horrific New York drunk driving accident

In New York, we see far too many fatal crashes and this year is already off to a bad start. By this time last year in the Bronx, there was just one fatality related to a car accident. In the first week of this year, we've already seen six fatalities. One of those was a particularly awful crash that occurred on January 5 in the Allerton neighborhood.

An allegedly drunk driver was going 75 mph in a 25-mph zone when his vehicle drifted into oncoming traffic. His 1997 Toyota Camry slammed head-on into a minivan before careening into a parked vehicle. The driver of the minivan was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, and a passenger in the Camry was taken to the same facility but died shortly after. The other passengers were taken to a local hospital and are in stable condition.

Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to free the passengers and the driver from the Camry. They warned the driver to stay in the area, but he took off, later appearing at a local hospital to get treatment. Authorities charged him with drunk driving, speeding, vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving and aggravated vehicular assault.

In situations like these, it's important to remember that, whether the suspected drunk driver is convicted of the criminal charges he's facing, the injured victims and family of the deceased friend can use an attorney to file a civil lawsuit. Doing so could help them recover compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses.

Source: nydailynews.com, "Drunken driver was going 75 mph before fatal Bronx wreck," Thomas Tracey, January 7, 2017

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