A pedestrian died and two others were injured in New York after a vehicle mounted the sidewalk following a two-car crash. The accident occurred around 6 p.m. in Queens on Oct. 6.
A Kia hit an SUV that was going through a red light, and it caused the SUV to go up onto the sidewalk. According to witnesses, two women and a toddler were on the sidewalk at the time, and one of the women threw the toddler out of the way. Several witnesses and a nearby police officer rushed to the scene immediately to help.
The 48-year-old mother, her 2-year-old daughter and the 52-year-old woman with them along with both of the drivers were all transferred to Jamaica Hospital. The 52-year-old was pronounced dead. The child is in critical but stable condition, and the other three are in stable condition.
An individual who is injured in a car accident like this one may face a long recovery period. A pedestrian injury like this one can even be life-changing and may require months or years of rehabilitation. In some cases, the responsible party's insurance company may not offer a sufficient amount of money. The injured victim may then wish to file a lawsuit against the responsible party. This may be possible even if the driver who caused the accident does not face criminal charges or if a criminal case against the driver is unsuccessful. A civil trial will look at the concept of negligence and whether the driver was acting in a way that a reasonable person would not. The burden of proof is also lower than in a criminal trial.
Source: NBC New York, "SUV going through red light hit by another car, plows into pedestrians on sidewalk, killing 1: NYPD," Ray Villeda, Oct. 6, 2015