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.
A study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration points to drowsy driving as a leading preventable cause of vehicle accidents in the nation, including New York. Drivers between the ages of 16 and 29 and shift workers working night schedules tend to be more likely to drive while drowsy and be involved in a collision. Caffeine and other stimulants help for a time, but the human need to sleep will typically overpower supplements.
A 59-year-old New York man died shortly after midnight on March 13 when he was hit head-on by an allegedly drunk driver. The man had just left work, and the accident occurred on Route 25A in Smithtown.
Sentencing was set for May 15 in the case of a 48-year-old man from Patchogue who entered a guilty plea to manslaughter on Feb. 20. In 2013, he was under the influence of several types of drugs while driving a motor vehicle in Sayville and crashing into another vehicle that was occupied by two people.
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.
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 accident in Wheatfield seriously injured two drivers on Sept. 13, and police think one driver was high on drugs when the crash occurred. This driver faces charges for aggravated unlicensed operation 1st degree and driving while ability impaired by drugs.
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.