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New York crash seriously injures 2 women

A 34-year-old woman and a 37-year-old woman were seriously injured after an SUV crashed into a restaurant on Broad Hollow Road in East Farmingdale. The crash took place about 10:30 a.m. on March 19, and police say that the driver was fleeing from another hit-and-run accident when this incident took place. It was discovered after the accident that the 69-year-old man did not have a valid driver's license.

One of the women became trapped under the SUV after the crash, and firefighters had to use special equipment to free her from the wreckage. After she was freed, she was transported by helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital. The other woman also had to be taken to a hospital for treatment of her injuries. Both of the victims were nurses at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola.

Bus crash seriously injures 2 in New York

Authorities with the FDNY reported that two people were seriously injured when a small bus crashed near the George Washington Bridge. The accident reportedly occurred on March 10 when the bus left the roadway and smashed through a stone wall before careening down an embankment.

According to reports, the bus was on a ramp connecting the Henry Hudson Parkway to the bridge on the west side of Manhattan just north of Fort Washington Park. Emergency medical personnel responded and transported the two people to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. Both injured people were reportedly in serious condition but are expected to survive.

New York crash kills teenager, injures 4 others

It was reported that a New York teenager was killed in a car accident on March 6 on Northern State Parkway at approximately 11:06 p.m. The crash left four others with injuries.

Authorities stated that two vehicles, a Chevrolet Malibu and a BMW, were travelling on the parkway when they collided. The Chevrolet ultimately left the road and crashed through the median. The vehicle came to a rest on its top in the westbound lanes of the parkway. The collision caused the BMW to leave the road and collide with a tree. Authorities stated that both of the vehicles were heading east at a high rate of speed when the collision occurred, though it was not believed that drugs and alcohol were involved.

New York cabbie pins woman between two taxis

A woman in New York City was severely injured after an early-morning accident left her pinned between the cab into which she was loading groceries and a cab that struck her. The accident, which occurred near Times Square, sent the woman to the hospital for surgery and raised a number of questions about the underlying causes of the accident.

Police and taxi commission officials stated the accident was caused by a rookie driver. However, the driver claims his brakes were not functioning properly when he attempted to avoid the collision, after admitting he did not initially see the woman. The impact left her with serious injuries that required medical intervention. The California woman, who had come to New York to attend the funeral of an old friend, was to be joined by her family while she recovers from the wounds and aftermath of the accident.

New York man pleads guilty to manslaughter in 2013 crash

A Patchogue man pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Feb. 20 in a case that involved a fatal automobile accident in Sayville in 2013. The man was allegedly driving while on narcotics when he veered into oncoming traffic and caused a head-on collision. The driver of the other vehicle died, and the passenger of that vehicle was seriously injured. After the plea deal, the man was sentenced to 21 years in prison.

The surviving driver reportedly was driving while high on PCP and morphine, among other drugs, at the time of the car accident. The man was originally indicted for second-degree murder and vehicular homicide, among other crimes, before reaching a plea deal and pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter. The district attorney said that there was a very high level of legal burden to prove the man was guilty of murder by "depraved indifference" beyond a reasonable doubt. In a recent case, a Babylon man was acquitted by jury on such a murder charge.

Laryngeal nerve trauma during birth

Children in New York may experience some degree of trauma during the process of birth. There is also a possibility that conditions in the womb may have caused damage to the nascent child. Birth trauma is expressed in many forms, but one common symptom of natural birth trauma and medical errors during delivery can be injury to the laryngeal nerve.

The laryngeal nerve is a critical nerve that runs down the throat. The infant may find themselves in a position in the womb that twists their neck and then puts pressure on it, or they may encounter a sharp twisting motion as they are brought through the birth canal. This can stretch and damage the nerve.

New York bus accident may cost teen her leg

A teenager suffered a severe leg injury on Feb. 13 when an MTA bus struck her while she tried to cross the street in Williamsburg. A law enacted in May 2014 will result in the driver who hit the 15-year-old girl facing criminal misdemeanor charges.

The authorities reported that the pedestrian accident occurred around 8:45 a.m. as the teen attempted to cross north on Grand Street while the Q59 bus turned left onto the street after coming from the south on Union Avenue, and the girl's leg became pinned under the bus after it hit her. The teenager was taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition, but it seems likely that she will lose her leg as a result of the crash.

New York hit-and-run victim identified

On Saturday, Feb. 7, an initially unidentified pedestrian was killed when she was struck by a blue Jeep Liberty as she was crossing Deer Park Avenue at about 8:30 p.m. The 48-year-old Dix Hills woman has now been identified and the alleged perpetrator has been arrested.

The Jeep driver, a 57-year-old Deer Park woman, initially stopped at the scene but fled before the authorities arrived. Witnesses were able to describe the vehicle to responding officers, and the woman was arrested a short while later when she was spotted by an officer while traveling north on Deer Park Avenue. She was charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, was being held at the First Precinct and was to be arraigned on Feb. 8 at First District Court in Central Islip.

Driving with worn tires on New York roadways

Tires are something that few people worry about unless they are close to being bald, but according to tests conducted by Consumer Reports, tires may have lost their ability to grip the road before the manufacturer's guidelines require replacement. New tires have grooves that are about 10/32 of an inch deep, and most tire companies recommend replacement when they are worn down to 2/32 of an inch deep.

When Consumer Reports tested sets of tires that were new and compared them to ones that were half worn, it discovered that the newer tires performed measurably better in inclement weather. Based on the results, researchers said that people living in areas with frequent snow or rain may want to replace their tires when grooves reach 4/32 of an inch deep instead of at 2/32.

Assisted delivery may be risky

As many New York parents may know, there are times when assistance is needed during childbirth. Instruments, such as a vacuum extractor, are commonly used to help the baby move through the birth canal when a mother needs help during delivery. The vacuum extractor uses suction applied to the top of the baby's head through the use of a small plastic cup.

The vacuum extraction method for assisted delivery is not without risk to both mother and child and has been found to be less successful than other methods, such as forceps, in several studies. In addition, vacuum extraction is limited to deliveries following a gestational period of 34 weeks or later. If this procedure is done on premature babies, it may result in brain hemorrhage.

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