On April 16, New York authorities took a 25-year-old man into custody after he was accused of being involved in a car accident that left one person dead. According to the indictment, the man was charged with criminally negligent homicide, reckless driving and reckless endangerment, among other offenses. He posted $20,000 bail and was scheduled to appear back in court on April 28.
Auto collisions often result in serious injuries, and fractures of the thoracic and lumbar spine can occur when people are involved in high-speed crashes that end in a violent impact. Spinal fractures can range from minor compression breaks that are barely visible on x-ray imaging to major disruptions that result in permanent spinal cord injuries.
On Dec. 28, a car accident in the state of New York left one person dead and one person with serious injuries, according to news reports. The crash took place on State Route 17 in Mamaking, located about 85 miles northwest of New York City. Authorities reported that Sullivan County dispatchers received calls about a vehicle traveling east in the westbound lanes of the state road. Following the calls, troopers arrived at the scene of a crash that had occurred near exit 113. It appeared that a 24-year-old man was driving a Hyundai Sonata east in the westbound lanes he collided head-on with a 2006 Volkswagen.
On the morning of Dec. 16, a three-vehicle car accident in New York caused the deaths of three people. The state police stated that the crash, which occurred at approximately 10:49 a.m., took place at the state Route 14 and Bostwick Road intersection.
On Dec. 1 at about 7:15 p.m., a 36-year-old woman was killed while she was out walking on Route 197 in Argyle, New York. Her friend, a 40-year-old woman, was taken to the hospital with severe injuries including several broken bones. The pair was struck from behind while walking north on the shoulder of the road by a man driving a Buick sedan south on Route 197.
A college student in New York was killed and two other people were injured from a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Nov. 19. The incident happened at around 9:15 a.m. on Route 10 in Sharon Springs. Police claim the college senior was headed southbound on Route 10 in a 2008 Dodge Dakota when he crossed into the opposing lane and collided with an oncoming 2008 Ford F-250. The 21-year-old student was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
An Oct. 22 car accident in Brooklyn left three people injured, according to the MTA. A B61 bus carrying passengers was traveling on Dwight Street when a black livery cab ran a stop sign and struck it. The bus driver veered in an attempt to avoid the collision, but the impact caused it to hit a minimum of three parked cars. The bus came to a stop once it crossed the sidewalk and hit the brick wall of a local business.
An fiery accident in Colchester killed one person and injured four others, according to authorities. Reportedly, the August 21 crash happened at about 10 a.m. on Cat Hollow Road.
Authorities report that an accident in New York on July 26, 2009, killed eight people. According to police, the female driver of a red minivan drove southbound in the northbound lanes of the Taconic Parkway for nearly two miles before she collided head-on with an SUV that was traveling northbound.
What many drivers in Queens fail to realize is that distraction is not just about taking one's eyes off of the road. Sure, not looking at the road, the pedestrians, the bicyclists or the other vehicles certainly is a sign of distraction, but it is entirely possible to be distracted while still looking at the things one is supposed to look at. Distraction really is what it says: something that distracts from the task at hand, which includes having a conversation. For drivers using hands-free technology to have conversations behind the wheel, there is still a very real risk of distraction.