Despite laws against driving while drinking or impaired by other intoxicants, impaired drivers continue to pose safety risks to everyone on the road. Medical expenses and other hardships confront people injured in these accidents caused by drunk drivers.
On Thursday, Nov. 13, around 4 a.m., a Kia Sedan headed the wrong way down Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive and hit two other vehicles head-on. The Kia was driven by a 33-year-old woman. She and her 28-year-old passenger were taken to Bellevue Hospital with serious injuries. Two other people were injured in the crash as well.
A motorist was charged with criminal negligent homicide after killing a woman while driving the wrong way on the New York Tappan Zee Bridge. The multi-car crash occurred on July 23, 2013. The 69-year-old defendant was arraigned and jailed in March 2014. According to police, the man was driving south in an SUV on the northbound side of the bridge, before colliding head on with a Nissan driven by a 57-year-old man. The Nissan rolled over several times as a result of the impact of the collision.
A New York man has been charged with vehicular homicide after an accident that left a mother dead and her husband and children with life-threatening injuries. The accident occurred Nov. 24 in Clay, Onondaga County.
A collision between a school bus transporting special needs children and a pickup truck on Staten Island happened Oct. 30 just before 8 a.m. at an intersection neighbors say they have been complaining about for years. The bus driver, a matron and the four children on the bus were all hospitalized with serious, non-life-threatening injuries. The truck driver, a New York Fire Department captain, and his teenage daughter, who was a passenger in the truck, were also hospitalized. All are expected to make full recoveries.
A car accident along the East Coast has led to the tragic death of a 15-year-old girl. After attending a high school dinner, the victim was being driven home by a 16-year-old friend. The freshman at Bucksport High School in Maine was remembered as an active member of her school's cheerleading squad.
New York City residents now have access to normally difficult-to-obtain data concerning the city's accident history. A web developer put together an interactive map that's designed to show people the safest as well as the most dangerous intersections.