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Man killed in accident while changing tire

In New York, a man was killed on Sept. 21 while changing his vehicle's tire on the side of the road. The man was on the Van Wyck Expressway near the JFK airport when the accident happened. As a result, traffic in the area was delayed for several hours while the area was cleared. One of the inbound access roads for the airport was shut down for six hours after the accident, resulting in delays for flight passengers and people providing transportation.

The decedent was changing the tire on his Chevy Malibu at around 4 a.m. when a minivan struck the man and his vehicle. According to reports, a single passenger in the Chevy was injured along with a woman and child in the minivan. They were transported to an area hospital for treatment following the auto accident, and it is expected that all three will recover.

The accident is still under investigation, and there is no word currently on whether there was any criminal intent or why the minivan struck the Malibu. The minivan was registered to a local taxi and limousine company, but there is no information available on the driver or if the vehicle was being driven for company use at the time of the incident.

In the case of a car accident such as this, the driver who caused the accident may be responsible for the resulting injuries. If someone dies in a collision, their surviving spouse or dependents may choose to file a wrongful death claim against all potential parties responsible for their loved one's death.

Source: New York Post , "Man killed changing tire near JFK airport", Kirstan Conley, September 14, 2014

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