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Drunk driver jumps curb and hits 5 pedestrians

On Dec. 10, a drunk driving accident in New York City injured seven people including the driver believed to be responsible. The accident took place in Herald Square at about 9:50 p.m. when the 34-year-old driver jumped a curb on 34th Street. Five pedestrians were struck, and a passenger in the accused woman's vehicle was also injured.

According to investigators, the pedestrian accident began when the driver was headed eastbound on West 34th Street in a Mustang convertible. After rear-ending a Subaru SUV, the driver tried to perform a U-turn against traffic and ended up colliding head on with a Chevrolet Impala. The impact caused the Mustang to travel backwards, hit a taxicab, jump a curb and then crash into the window of a clothing store.

Medication mix-up caused patient's death, hospital confirms

New York residents might take interest in a case out of Oregon where a hospital reportedly admitted to causing the death of a 65-year-old woman through a medication mix-up. The medical error happened at a health care facility in Bend, where the patient died on Dec. 3, according to authorities.

Authorities reported that the patient, who was intended to receive fosphenytoin, an anti-seizure medication administered intravenously, instead received a dose of rocuronium by employees at the hospital. The affects of rocuronium, a paralyzing agent mostly administered to patients undergoing surgery, caused the woman to cease breathing, which in turn led to cardiac arrest and severe brain damage, purportedly.

Vehicle-pedestrian accident in New York kills woman

A vehicle-pedestrian accident killed a 36-year-old mother of three from Hebron and seriously injured a 40-year-old woman on Dec. 1. The pair was taking a walk along Route 197 in Argyle when a Buick sedan heading southbound struck them from behind. According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the pedestrians were walking along the shoulder of the road facing oncoming traffic in the northbound lane. The sedan was heading southbound, and the 58-year-old driver from Salem swung out of the lane in an attempt to pass a vehicle when he struck the women.

The fatally-wounded victim was pronounced dead at Glens Falls Hospital, and the other woman had multiple broken bones but was said to be in stable condition the following day. The accident was reported at 7:16 p.m., and a senior investigator indicated that the driver never saw the two walking because the area is poorly lit.

New York wrong-way crash kills 2

At around 11 p.m. on Nov. 23, a 46-year-old woman was driving a Buick west in the eastbound lanes of Route 109 in East Farmingdale when reportedly she struck a Kia head-on. Officers believe that the Buick's driver was under the influence at the time of the accident, stating that they noticed a strong alcohol of odor on her body and breath. They also recovered several beer bottles from her car.

Authorities transported both women to a hospital, and medical officials pronounced the 70-year-old driver of the Kia dead. The Buick driver died of her injuries on the morning of Nov. 24. Police say that they have no witnesses to the crash, and the investigation is ongoing. Authorities impounded both vehicles for safety checks.

Causes of facial palsy in New York babies

Babies who are born during long or hard labors may suffer from a condition known as facial nerve palsy. This results in the loss of voluntary movement of the baby's facial muscles. While there is no way to determine the cause of most facial palsy cases, there are several factors that could increase the risk of the injury.

Risk factors may include the size of the baby as well as whether an epidural was used during the pregnancy. If forceps were used or drugs were given to induce pregnancy, it could increase the risk of a baby suffering from a facial palsy. A doctor may be able to determine if the baby has facial palsy simply by looking at the child. Typically, the baby will not be able to open its eyelid on the side affected by the palsy.

Pedestrian accidents can be costly

As many pedestrians in New York already know, the risk of suffering injuries during a traffic accident is an ineradicable reality of life. Nationwide, a total of 76,000 pedestrian injuries were reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2012. That amounts to approximately nine injuries every hour. Moreover, according to the NHTS, more than 12 pedestrians were killed on average each day across the country due to traffic accidents.

Being struck by a car is a leading cause of pedestrian injuries and is responsible for the most pedestrian deaths, research indicates. In 2012, a total of 4,743 people died as a result of pedestrian accidents. Research shows that these fatal accidents are most likely to occur in urban areas and during the evening hours. Furthermore, the majority of victims of deadly pedestrian crashes are male.

Wrong-way driver involved in 3-vehicle crash

Four people were injured in a three-vehicle crash on New York's FDR Drive on Nov. 13, reportedly. While a wrong-way driver appeared to be involved in the incident, the cause of the accident was not immediately ascertained, according to authorities. Nor did police immediately file any charges in relation to the fatal incident.

Reportedly, four individuals were transported to the hospital after the crash, and officials described their injuries as serious. The 33-year-old driver of a Kia involved in the wreck was critically injured, and a female passenger in the vehicle, 28, also suffered injuries in the crash. The drivers of the two other vehicles were also hurt; however, the extent of their injuries was not immediately disclosed.

New York bus accident injures 27

An accident involving a bus, a tractor-trailer and a car on Interstate 81 in New York in the early morning hours of Nov. 6 left one person in critical condition and injured 26 others. The critically injured man was behind the wheel of the bus, and the other injured individuals were among the 52 passengers on board. The accident took place in the highway's southbound lanes near Syracuse at approximately 2:30 a.m.

According to the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office, the accident occurred when the bus, which was en route to New York City, struck a stationary car that had struck a guard rail. The bus then struck a tractor-trailer on the highway's shoulder. Police report that the driver of the car has been charged with driving while intoxicated. The truck driver had pulled over to offer help after noticing that the car had crashed.

White Plains firefighter charged with DWI in fatal crash

A New York firefighter has been charged with criminally negligent homicide and DWI following an early morning car crash that killed a Port Chester woman and injured her husband on Nov. 3. Authorities are running tests to determine if the 34-year-old man, who is a member of the White Plains Fire Department, had drugs in his system at the time of the accident.

According to police, the firefighter was off duty when he allegedly drove his Chevrolet Tahoe along South Lexington Avenue in White Plains at around 4:30 a.m. Reports suggest that the vehicle was traveling in lanes of opposing traffic when it broadsided a Honda carrying a 47-year-old newspaper delivery woman and her 49-year-old husband. The impact forced the Honda approximately 200 feet down the roadway. The woman, who had been folding newspapers in the back of the car, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband was taken to the hospital with upper body and internal injuries.

New York driver struck, killed while waiting for tow truck

An Oct. 29 accident left a 21-year-old woman dead in Suffolk County, reportedly. According to police, the woman became involved in the crash while waiting for a tow truck on Sunrise Highway in Bay Shore shortly after noon.

Authorities reported that the woman's sedan had been in disrepair on the shoulder of the highway when the event occurred. After calling a tow truck, she was purportedly waiting inside her vehicle when a Chevy Caprice struck it. Officials pronounced the woman dead at the scene of the incident. The woman was from Long Island's Deer Park, reportedly.

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