The lengthy investigation of a 2014 three-vehicle accident has resulted in the arrest of a 25-year-old male on April 16. The investigation was conducted by the New York state police and assisted by the Westchester County Medical Examiner's Office, the Westchester County District Attorney's office and other area police departments. The accident resulted in one fatality and left two motorcycles in flames. The man arrested for causing the accident faces a number of charges following a grand jury indictment.
Spinal cord injuries have become one of the most common types of injuries sustained by drivers in New York and other parts of the country in car accidents. The World Health Organization estimates that anywhere between 250,000 and 500,000 people around the world suffer spinal cord injuries each year from car crashes, falls or acts of violence. Spinal cord injuries can leave victims with an inability to control their sensory or motor functions and use their arms, legs, back and other parts of their bodies. In some cases, they are left paralyzed after auto accidents.
On Feb. 27, a New York Police Department detective was killed by a wrong-way driver in Greenburgh. Police say the man was a Detective 1st Grade who was assigned to the Internal Affairs Bureau. At the time of the accident, the 46-year-old detective was off-duty.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A 38-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man are dead following a head-on collision in New York on Sept. 29. According to police, a rider in the woman's vehicle, 20, is in critical condition at Upstate University Hospital.