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Critically injured New York driver charged in head-on crash

Authorities have identified the female driver who they say caused a head-on collision on Route 370 in Lysander. The 30-year-old Baldwinsville woman was critically injured in the crash, and she was hospitalized at Upstate University Hospital in intensive care after being extricated from the wreckage. Sheriff deputies say she was driving drunk at the time, and they have charged her with DWI, driving without a license and failing to stay in her lane.

According to Onondaga County sheriff deputies, the accident happened on the evening of Dec. 8 on Route 370. Deputies say the woman was traveling north in a 2001 Chevrolet Impala when she crossed into southbound traffic and crashed head-on into a 2014 Dodge Caravan. The 49-year-old female driver of that vehicle received treatment for injuries she suffered in the crash at Upstate University Hospital. Her male passenger was hospitalized and is in stable condition.

Pedestrian accident in New York kills 1, injures 1

Two pedestrians were walking in Argyle on Dec. 1 when a vehicle struck them on Route 197. One woman was killed in the accident that occurred around 7:16 p.m.

The two women were reportedly traveling on the shoulder of the roadway. They were facing oncoming traffic from the north while walking south, which is what is recommended by safety experts. A 58-year-old man traveling south in a Buick sedan then moved out of his lane while passing a vehicle that was in a passing zone located to the south of Saunders Transmission. The sedan struck the two women from behind.

No survivors in wrong-way collision

Two New York women died in a head-on crash in the evening on Nov. 23. Although there were no reported witnesses, Suffolk County Police suspect that the incident was the result of drunken driving.

A woman from Islip, 70, was driving her 2012 Kia Forte southeast along Route 109 at approximately 11 p.m. A 46-year-old woman driving a 1991 Buick Regal was traveling in the wrong lane, and the two collided in the vicinity of the exit to Route 110. Emergency responders took both women to the Nassau University Medical Center in the city of East Meadow. According to the police, the Levittown woman smelled strongly of alcohol, and several beer bottles were found inside the Buick, leading investigators to believe that she had been driving drunk.

Hit-and-run driver kills teenage pedestrian

The New York Police Department confirmed that a driver received criminal charges after a fatal hit-and-run accident that occurred on Nov. 20. The accident resulted in the death of a teenager from the Kensington neighborhood of Brooklyn. The driver, who is also a Kensington resident, was charged for felony leaving the scene of an accident causing serious injury.

The fatal car accident happened at approximately 5 p.m. while the victim was attempting to walk across East 7th Street near Caton Avenue. When a 78-year-old woman turned left onto East 7th Street, she struck the teenage pedestrian with her Chevy Impala. The woman then reportedly left the scene of the accident in her vehicle without stopping.

Man dies in New York wrong-way crash

A man is dead after being involved in a head-on collision on the Southern State Parkway. The accident reportedly occurred around 10 p.m. on Nov. 11.

According to police, the accident was caused by a 63-year-old Bay Shore man who was driving the wrong way down the parkway. His vehicle struck another vehicle being driven by a 24-year-old East Islip man. The younger man died at the scene. The older man was transported to Southside Hospital for treatment of critical injuries.

Woman killed and husband injured in New York car crash

On Nov. 7, a 47-year-old New York woman was killed and her 49-year-old husband injured when their car was struck by a Chevrolet Tahoe traveling the wrong way down South Lexington Avenue. According to reports, the Tahoe struck the car as it was crossing an intersection and pushed it approximately 200 feet down the avenue, trapping the occupants inside of the car. The woman was in the back seat folding newspapers while her husband was at the wheel.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband was taken to the hospital with reported internal and upper body injuries. The driver of the Tahoe, a 34-year-old New York firefighter, was off duty at the time of the crash. Authorities indicated that his blood alcohol level registered at .145 percent. Based on possible evidence in the firefighter's car, investigators are trying to determine if the driver was under the influence of cocaine and MDMA as well.

Dump truck driver involved in fatal New York accident

An Oct. 31 accident in New York resulted in the death of a 38-year-old man. The man was traveling on Route 90 when his car was struck by an oncoming dump truck, according to authorities. The dump truck, being driven by a 27-year-old man, was headed west when it crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with the victim's pickup truck head-on.

The pickup truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the auto accident, and his 50-year-old male passenger was transferred to Cortland Regional Medical Center. He was treated and released after sustaining unspecified injuries. The dump truck driver was also taken to the same hospital and released after treatment of unknown injuries.

Air bag recall may be expanded

New York car owners may be interested that Toyota recalled 247,000 vehicles with Takata airbags on Oct. 20. The airbags may explode sending metal shrapnel into the vehicle. The recalls in the U.S. started in June. Florida and Puerto Rico were the first regional areas involved.

Almost five million vehicles made by Toyota, Honda Motor Group, Fiat-Chrysler and others are affected with a potential for 25 million more. The problem, according to authorities, involves chemicals used to inflate the airbags. Two lawsuits have been filed recently. Both car accidents occurred in Florida, and the lawsuits allege injury to the drivers from shrapnel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration maintains the problem to date has been seen in high humidity areas such as Florida. It may also affect individuals who winter in these areas.

Workers injured, exposed to asbestos in ceiling collapse

Two workers for an asbestos removal company were not only injured but also exposed to asbestos when a Mineola building's ceiling collapsed during a renovation of the property. According to authorities, 17 other individuals were in the building at the time of the collapse but escaped the incident without injury. The event took place at the former site for social services in Mineola, New York, a building that is now being converted to a family court.

According to officials, the environmental cleaning company workers were prepping the building for the removal of asbestos when a piece of concrete that had been reinforced with metal rods fell. This purportedly trapped two workers and caused asbestos to suffuse throughout the site.

Taxi jumps curb and strikes building

In New York City, a taxi driver lost control of his vehicle and jumped the curb on Oct. 6, hurting two people and damaging a building. The vehicle struck the building around 11:50 a.m. hitting an eyeglass store. A vacant commercial space next door sustained most of the property damage, and no one inside the eyeglass store was injured.

Witnesses say that a pedestrian on the sidewalk outside was treated for injuries, and it is believed that this individual was struck by the car. A passenger in the rear of the cab was taken out on a stretcher and transported to a hospital for treatment. The cab driver was shaken, but the reports indicate that he was not physically injured. According to authorities, none of the injuries seemed to be life-threatening.

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