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Driver in fatal crash said he had been drinking

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2021 | Wrongful Death |

The New York City Police Department provided information regarding a recent collision in Queens that ended tragically. Police say the case involves false statements made by the man they believe was behind the wheel of a vehicle that crashed. It was also reported that there were numerous passengers in the car, two of whom survived their injuries and one, sadly, who did not.

Police say a man gave them false information

Police say the driver had been speeding in the moments leading up to the collision. They also claim that when they first spoke to a man at the scene of the crash, he told them that he had been a passenger. That man is said to have then fled the scene.

Man returns to scene of collision

Investigators say that, approximately six hours later, the man who had left the scene returned and admitted that he had fled because he was afraid. Police say the man not only confessed to being the driver of the car that crashed but also, that he was drinking before getting behind the wheel. One of the passengers in the vehicle suffered a massive head injury and did not survive. The other two occupants in the vehicle suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Criminal charges filed against driver

The man who admitted to driving the vehicle is now facing multiple criminal charges, including drunk driving, driving without a license, vehicular manslaughter and giving false personal identification information to police. New York cases like this one often lead to litigation. When another person’s recklessness or negligence causes a fatality, an immediate family member of the victim may seek restitution for monetary damages incurred by filing a wrongful death claim in civil court.