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New York man pleads guilty to manslaughter in fatal 2013 accident

Court officials in New York said that on Feb. 20, a Patchogue man pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with a fatal 2013 accident. Representatives from the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said that the man, now 48, drove after using drugs, resulting in a collision that killed one person and injured another.

The accident occurred in January 2013 in Sayville. The 48-year-old man was traveling on Montauk Highway when he struck a vehicle carrying two people head-on. That car's 82-year-old driver, a West Islip man, died as a result of the accident. His 79-year-old passenger, an Oakdale woman, suffered serious injuries.

New York bus driver arrested after hitting pedestrian

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York had a 58-year-old bus driver arrested under the requirements of administrative code 19-190 on Feb. 13. The city law makes injuring or killing a pedestrian or bicyclist a criminal misdemeanor.

Police said the bus driver was charged in the injury of a 15-year-old girl whose left leg became pinned under his bus when it hit her while she crossed Grand Street in Williamsburg. The bus had been headed south on Union Avenue when it turned left on Grand Street. The girl was struck at that point. Authorities reported that her leg injury was severe when she went to the hospital.

Workers in many industries face vibration hazards

New York workers in manufacturing, construction and even transportation face a particularly dangerous and pervasive risk everyday. Regular exposure to vibration can lead to a variety of painful conditions, including carpal tunnel and chronic back pain. These conditions are common causes of lost work and workers' compensation claims. While vibration may be difficult to eliminate completely, it can be managed. With focused effort, employers can reduce vibration exposure and subsequently reduce the amount and severity of workplace injuries.

There are two common types of injuries related to vibration exposure. One is known as hand-arm exposure. It comes mainly from the consistent use of handheld tools that have a vibrating effect. The hand and wrist are made up of many tiny bones. The hand is also dependent on blood flow through a number of veins and arteries. It doesn't take much vibration for those bones, vibrations and arteries to become damaged. In many cases, the injury may be too painful for an employee to continue working.

Impaired drivers threaten New York motorists

The safety of motorists on the roadway is often threatened by the unpredictability and poor judgment of an impaired driver. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasizes the dangerous effects that driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol have on the general public. As little as one alcoholic drink can affect a driver's ability to operate a vehicle with the expected standard of care necessary to avoid endangering others. Though accidents caused by impaired drivers can happen to anyone, certain groups, such as young people or those with a history of DWIs, tend to be at a higher risk of being involved in one.

Laws exist to reduce the number of incidents of car accidents caused by impaired driving. Despite these laws, however, personal injuries and fatalities continue to occur. With the stricter enforcement of laws already in place and the cooperation of motorists to uphold their duty to drive with reasonable care, roadway safety would likely improve.

Repeat drunk driver leaves New York man dead in crash

The surviving family of a 19-year-old man killed in a car accident in Syracuse, New York, has learned that the driver of the other vehicle was a repeat drunk driving offender. Syracuse police reported that the 38-year-old male driver of the 2002 Chevrolet Silverado that hit the young man's car was under the influence at the time of the accident on Hiawatha Boulevard West.

A year earlier, records show that the same man had been charged with a felony DWI and driving with a 0.08 blood alcohol count. He now faces new charges that include first-degree vehicular manslaughter and first-degree vehicular assault.

Distracted driving facts

Distracted driver are at fault for a lot of the fatal and nonfatal crashes that take place each year in New York and around the country. Statistics reveal that every day, an average of nearly 10 people die in the United States after being involved in a distracted driving accident. Well more than 1,000 people are also injured in these kinds of accidents on an average daily basis.

Distracted driving is the act of driving while performing another activity that requires a fair amount of attention. Examples include driving while eating, texting or talking on a cellphone. While performing a secondary activity, a driver may become visually, manually or cognitively distracted. Texting while driving, an act that is subject to penalties in New York, is one of the most dangerous forms of distraction because it distracts a driver in all three ways.

Young man dies beneath car of unlicensed New York driver

A 27-year-old golf instructor at the Plainfield Country Club died Saturday night in New York City around 7:45 p.m. Police reported that he was hit by a Mercedes SUV after entering the intersection of East 62nd Street and Lexington Avenue on foot. Also in his company was a 30-year-old woman.

The accident resulted in the pair becoming lodged beneath the vehicle. After they were transported to an area hospital, the death of the man was made official. The hospital indicated that the injured woman was in stable condition. The 45-year-old male driver of the Mercedes received a ticket for operating a vehicle without a license. The police investigation of the accident continues.

New York wrong-way crash kills 1

One person was killed and another seriously injured in a wrong-way crash in Sullivan County on Dec. 28. At the time of reporting, police were investigating the accident to determine factors that may have caused the crash.

The New York State Police reported that the wrong-way fatal auto accident happened on State Route 17 in the town of Mamakating about a quarter mile east of exit 113. A Hyundai Sonata, driven by a 24-year-old Montgomery man, was traveling east on the westbound lane of State Route 17 when it collided head-on with a 2006 Volkswagen driven by a 24-year-old Vestal man.

Elderly man killed by New York bus

A 78-year-old man was killed after being struck by a New York City bus while attempting to cross the street. The accident occurred at about 6 p.m. on Dec. 23 in the East Flatbush area. According to police, the bus was attempting a turn from Farragut Road onto New York Avenue when it struck the woman. The 57-year-old man driving the bus was arrested and charged with a failure to yield. Reports indicate that he was being held out of service during the investigation.

A failure to yield is a misdemeanor offense under New York City's Vision Zero legislation. A conviction will result in a minor fine and up to 15 days of jail time.

3 deaths tied to New York car accident.

Authorities released the names of three people who died in a car accident at the Phelps intersection of Bostwick Road and Route 14. The incident occurred on Dec. 16 and hospitalized another individual with injuries.

According to officials, a 71-year-old man drove through a posted stop sign and hit an SUV, which in turn caromed through the intersection and struck another vehicle. Officials pronounced three of the individuals involved in the intersection crash dead at the site, a 77-year-old man, a 51-year old man and the 71-year-old driver who purportedly drove through the posted stop sign.

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