A man from Queens was involved in a multi-vehicle crash on a Saturday night, and he's now facing charges. The police department blames him for starting the chain-reaction wreck.
According to reports, the crash happened at approximately 9:30 in the evening, on a service road near the Van Wyck Expressway. The man, who is 36 years old, was going north, behind the wheel of a gray Hyundai.
For reasons that aren't precisely clear, the man rear-ended and flipped a car that was driving ahead of him. After that car rolled, the man in the Hyundai did not stop, but kept going until he slammed into another vehicle. That car lost control and hit two more cars.
Multiple injuries were reported. The driver of the second car that the 36-year-old ran into was hurt, and the driver of the car that flipped reportedly suffered an injured shoulder.
The whole scene was very chaotic, but one witness weighed in when the news crews arrived. He said that the car was smoking as it drove through after the first crash, then he watched it hit the other vehicles. Even then, he said the man tried to drive onto the ramp and leave the scene, but his car broke down after all of those collisions.
Police found the man a few blocks from the crash scene and arrested him. Charges that he's facing include operating a car without a license, possession of marijuana and leaving the crash scene.
In seconds, an accident like this can send numerous people to the hospital. As medical bills mount, they must know what rights they have to seek financial compensation.
Source: NY1, "Man accused of starting multi-car crash on Van Wyck service road," Dec. 24, 2017