Typically, pedestrians are at risk of being involved in a car accident
in Manhattan. There's only so much space. The serious injuries (or
worse) that typically accompany a pedestrian versus car accident are generally
tragic and life-altering. This is the case in a recent collision.
According to reports, a driver was recently charged with murder regarding
a crash that led to a death in a local Manhattan deli. Reportedly, the
driver was under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident. The
collision resulted in injuries to three people, all of which worked at
the deli. One of the injured workers died from his injuries.
The driver will reportedly face a charge of second-degree murder. If the
driver is convicted, he faces a prison sentence that could range from
25 years to life. In New York, drunk driving cases do not often include
murder charges. In these types of cases, prosecutors have an increased
burden of proof to meet before a conviction can be secured.
Driving while under the influence puts Manhattan pedestrians and others
in or near the roadway at risk of lifelong injury or even death. Victims,
including the families of deceased victims, have legal rights apart from
any criminal proceedings that may take place. Personal injury or wrongful
death claims, depending on the outcome of the car accident, may be an
appropriate legal remedy to seek a monetary judgment for financial losses
occasioned by a drunk driver. If prosecutors are successful in achieving
a criminal conviction in this case, proof of that may be used as evidence
of liability in civil court.
Source: The New York Times, "Murder Charge for Driver in Drug-Related Crash
at a Manhattan Deli", James C. McKinley Jr., May 6, 2014