An alleged drag racing incident on Staten Island resulted in critical injuries and loss of life.
Driver Allegedly Runs Red Light
According to the police, a 22-year-old male was northbound on Richmond Avenue at about 10:30 p.m. on July 25. He allegedly ran a red light at Richmond Hill Road, swerved to avoid another vehicle and then crashed his 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse into a traffic light pole.
Ride From a Party
A 19-year-old female passenger in the car was reportedly getting a ride home from a birthday party. Emergency personnel rushed her to Staten Island University Hospital, but she succumbed to her injuries. An 18-year-old female passenger was ejected in the crash. She required transport to the hospital due to critical injuries.
Motorist Faces Multiple Charges
The motorist allegedly fled the scene. The Daily News reports that he had two previous arrests for leaving the scene of an accident. This time, authorities arrested him on charges of leaving the scene of an accident causing death, leaving the scene of an accident causing injury, reckless endangerment, fleeing police and driving with a suspended license.
Although the investigation into this accident continues, victims of negligent conduct on area roadways do have recourse in the state’s civil courts. It is often possible to seek monetary damages for various losses, like certain unpaid medical bills, pain-and-suffering and lost wages. When a death occurs, it is possible for survivors to seek compensation for loss of companionship and burial expenses.
If you or a family member is a victim in a wreck, it is possible to consult with an auto accident about the matter. We fight the insurance companies to get our clients the full compensation that they deserve. To learn more, please contact us.