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Drunk driving crash leaves New York woman with critical injuries

If you drive north of Queens for about an hour and a half, you'll come to Newburgh. That is where New York State Police are investigating a drunk driving accident that left one person in critical condition and three others with injuries.

The crash happened at about 9:30 p.m. on I-87, police said. A 40-year-old woman was allegedly drunk when she slammed her vehicle into the back of a Ford Econoline van. The driver of the van lost control of the vehicle, which then rolled over. A 38-year-old woman was ejected from the van and then hit by another vehicle. She sustained serious injuries to internal organs and her face.

She was listed in critical condition at a nearby hospital, a news media report stated.

The driver of the van and two passengers sustained injuries categorized as minor, according to the TV report.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the ejected van passenger was not injured.

No injuries were listed for the Kingston woman who is accused of being drunk and causing the crash. However, she was charged with drunk driving and felony vehicular assault, law enforcement officials said.

Unfortunately, these kinds of impaired driving crashes are more likely to happen during the holiday season than at other times of the year. The results can be, as in this case, life-altering.

For many who sustain serious injuries, recovery is long and painful. Medical bills are astronomical. Injury victims miss work, and in some cases, sustain disabling injuries that prevent them from resuming their careers.

An experienced Queens personal injury attorney can help victims pursue justice and full, fair compensation. Contact Chiariello & Chiariello to discuss your situation.

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