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New York pedestrian succumbs to injuries following crash

On April 24, a 56-year-old woman died from the injuries she suffered in a pedestrian-car crash in Coram. The fatal accident occurred around 8:30 p.m. on April 20, according to the report.

The initial investigation into the accident indicates that an unknown vehicle traveling with no headlights on crossed Middle Country Road, nearly colliding with a westbound SUV. In an attempt to evade the head-on collision, the driver of the SUV, a 28-year-old man from Port Jefferson Station, suddenly veered off the roadway and into a pedestrian. The other vehicle fled the scene.

Following the accident, emergency personnel with Coram Fire Department Rescue transported the pedestrian to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. However, four days later, the pedestrian, who resided in Coram, died from her injuries.

The driver of the SUV was unhurt. As part of the investigation into the cause of the crash, authorities confiscated the SUV. When the media report was released, the investigation was ongoing. In the report, police urged anybody who witnessed the crash or who could offer more information about the accident to call them at the number listed.

Auto accidents that result in the death of a pedestrian often occur because the driver was speeding, intoxicated or driving in a careless or reckless way. In such instances, the family of the deceased pedestrian may be eligible to hold the accused driver liable for damages. A lawyer who deals with wrongful death claims could possibly use information from the official accident report and witness accounts to show that the driver's negligence led to the fatal accident. If the driver was criminally charged in the incident, those charges might be used to further support the family's allegations of negligence. Plaintiffs who succeed in wrongful death claims are usually awarded compensation to cover their losses relating to the accident, including medical expenses and final expenses.

Source: Port Jefferson Patch, "Pedestrian Critically Hurt After Port Jeff Station Man Swerves to Avoid Head-On Collision," Ryan Bonner, April 25, 2015

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