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.
According to law enforcement authorities with the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, a man was killed and a woman injured in a two vehicle collision. The accident occurred on March 24 around 7:45 a.m. on U.S. 62 in Kiantone.
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.
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 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.
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.
Anyone in Nassau County that drives should realize that texting behind the wheel is against the law and considered a primary offense, meaning police officers can pull someone over for texting alone. Not only should drivers keep abreast of statewide bans such as this, they should also realize that texting is one of the leading causes of distracted driving accidents in New York. Unfortunately, texting is not the only cause of distracted driving and there are many different ways in which a driver could be putting motorists at risk of serious injury or death.