Two women were struck by a vehicle in Syracuse on March 14 in a fatal pedestrian accident. This incident occurred on East Genesee Street, and it resulted in the death of one woman and serious injury to her mother.
According to sources, a 43-year-old woman, who was a reputable English professor at Rhode Island College, was walking with her 72-year-old mother down the street. A Mazda pickup truck veered into the wrong lane and struck both women. The younger woman was killed on impact. The older woman was hospitalized with unknown injuries. She was initially listed as being in critical condition, but a hospital worker reported that her status has improved to serious.
The driver in the accident is an 86-year-old male from Chittenango. According to law enforcement officials, road conditions were good at the time of the incident, and they are waiting for the surviving victim's health status to improve before interviewing her to learn more about the incident. No charges have been filed against the driver at this time, and the investigation into the incident is on-going. It is not believed that his age or health played a role in the accident.
When an individual has been injured in an accident caused by the negligent or intentional actions of another person, the victim may file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party in civil court. A civil lawsuit may be filed whether or not criminal charges have been filed, and it may provide the victim or the victim's loved ones with financial compensation for expenses related to the incident. Those who are interested in learning more about their legal rights and options may consider contacting a New York personal injury lawyer for more information.
Source: Syracuse.com, "RI woman killed in Syracuse accident was English professor with 'long career ahead of her'", Jeff Stein, March 16, 2014