Witnesses and the FDNY say that two people were critically injured in a car accident in the Murray Hill neighborhood in Queens on New Year's Eve. Authorities took two injured drivers to New York Hospital Queens following the car accident. Police provided little information, but witnesses were able to describe the scene.
A woman was driving on 172nd Street when a 2003 BMW sedan, which was headed east on 33rd Avenue, collided with her vehicle, causing it to flip just after 2:40 p.m. A witness to the accident said that the driver of the BMW hit his brakes hard, but he was unable to stop his vehicle until it collided with a parked car. The witness said that she was surprised when the man got out of his car and that he looked like he was in shock. He apparently told her that he hadn't seen the other car coming.
Police arrived at the scene quickly and had to smash out one of the car's back windows to pull the woman free. An ambulance arrived and paramedics preformed CPR on her as they put her into the ambulance and rushed her to the hospital, but she died after arrival. Authorities transported the man to the hospital as well.
It is unclear what caused the accident or if one of the drivers failed to yield the right of way. If it is determined that driver negligence led to the accident, either the injured driver or the family of the deceased woman may choose to file a claim for compensation. Even if it was the deceased woman's actions that led to the accident, the injured man could choose to file a claim against her estate.
Source: DNA Info New York, "Two People Critically Injured in Murray Hill Crash, FDNY Says", Aidan Gardiner, December 31, 2013