On March 12, a multi-vehicle crash on Whitestone Expressway in Queens injured three people, one severely. Alcohol may have been a factor in the early morning accident, police say.
According to the report, a 22-year-old woman, whom police believe was driving while intoxicated, smashed into a concrete barrier at about 5 a.m. as she was traveling on Whitestone Expressway. The motorist then phoned her friend, another 22-year-old woman, for assistance. Once her friend appeared to help her, both women exited their vehicles. As they were standing on the side of the highway's overpass, a paramedic and another motorist pulled over to offer help. A short time later, however, an NYPD law enforcement official, who was not on duty at the time of the crash, was unable to avoid the parked cars and rear-ended one of them. When this happened, the woman who came to her friend's aid was sent airborne over the roadway's concrete barrier and fell 30 feet to the ground below.
First responders to the scene transported the injured woman to a local hospital for treatment. Two others, one of whom was the paramedic who stopped at the scene to help, were also injured but not severely. In addition, authorities tested and determined that the off-duty law enforcement official was not under the influence of alcohol. However, police took the woman who crashed into the highway guardrail into custody on charges of driving under the influence.
People who have been severely injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver may want to meet with an attorney to discuss their options. In some cases, it might be appropriate to file a lawsuit against that motorist seeking medical expenses, lost wages and other damages.
Source: CBS New York, "Police: Woman Critically Injured Following Accident Involving Off-Duty NYPD Lieutenant, EMT", March 12, 2016