When a person behaves negligently behind the wheel, they will be held liable for any damages they cause in New York car accidents, including injuries and property damage. In some cases, negligence while driving can lead to the untimely death of a child. The parents of a 9-year-old Brooklyn girl are mourning the loss of their daughter after she was killed in a car accident earlier this month.
At the time of the accident, the young girl was on her way home from church and was riding in the back seat of a family friend's car. The driver of another vehicle was hurriedly driving away from the scene of a minor accident when he slammed in to the girl's car at an intersection. The girl passed away at the hospital shortly afterwards. Two other passengers in the girl's vehicle were also injured. The driver also crashed into another vehicle, injuriing three passengers in that vehicle as well. All five people were hospitalized in stable condition.
The driver connected with the crash has been arrested and charged with criminally negligent homicide, operating a motor vehicle without a license, and leaving the scene of an accident.
The parents of the girl are struggling to come to terms with what happened to their daughter. Sadly, they are not the only ones who have to deal with this sort of tragedy. Drivers who disobey traffic signs, drive above the speed limit, drive while distracted or drive under the influence of alcohol could be considered negligent and be held responsible for these accidents.
Source: CBS New York, "Police: Driver Charged in Brooklyn Crash That Killed 9-Year-Old Girl," May 5, 2014