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Taxi driver dies in tragic DWI collision

An Elmont taxi driver died in a violent collision on a recent Saturday. According to police, the accident was caused by a drunk driver along Hempstead Turnpike close to Lincoln Road. The crash happened during the early morning hours and police arrived on scene shortly after.

At 4:24 a.m. the 47-year-old taxi driver was pronounced dead at the crash site. According to police, he was driving a 2009 Chevrolet when a 23-year-old drunk driver from Queens in a BMW crashed into him. The force of the collision caused the taxi to careen across several lanes of traffic onto a sidewalk and into a power pole.

After the collision, the 23-year-old drunk driver ran away from the crash site, but police tracked him down and arrested him at 5:22 a.m. A 20-year-old female passenger had been riding in the car with the man. She was taken to the hospital to be treated for a broken ankle.

Court records indicate that the drunk driver had a blood alcohol level of double the legal limit. Police also say that his eyes appeared glassy, his speech was slurred and he smelled like alcohol. Furthermore, the man does not have a driver's license. He pleaded not guilty to a number of charges, including: vehicular manslaughter, DWI, vehicular assault and fleeing an accident scene. The man also has a number of issues on his past criminal record, including the use of stolen credit cards.

The sad and unnecessary loss of life in this case is particularly tragic. Although no amount of money will ever bring back the senseless loss of life following a tragedy like this, family members of fatal accident victims killed by unlawful activity may be able to pursue claims for wrongful death damages against the party who caused their loved one's death.

Source: LIHerald.com, "Elmont cabbie killed in crash," Steve Smirti, April 23, 2016

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