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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.

In an auto collision that results in death, the family of the deceased victim could file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver for compensation for their loss. This compensation may cover funeral expenses, loss of income and loss of companionship. An attorney could advise the family on what types of damages they can recover.

If the at-fault driver in an accident dies, either as a result of the accident or otherwise, the family would have to file their claim against the at-fault driver's estate. In some cases, the driver's insurance carrier may cover the damages. An attorney could help the family during these negotiations and may be able to get a better settlement offer as a result. An attorney could also represent the family if they decide to take the claim to trial.

Source: WABC, "2 dead in wrong-way crash involving alleged drunk driver in East Farmingdale, Long Island ", N.J. Burkett , November 24, 2014

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