Going trick-or-treating on Halloween can be a lot of fun for families with young children. However, any activity that involves being out on dark streets with children when cars are sharing those streets can turn dangerous very quickly. According to a recent news article from AOL News, three people were killed and four others were injured when a driver allegedly crashed into a group of trick-or-treaters in New York City this Halloween.
Authorities said a car ran onto a curb and crashed into a group of people, resulting in a horrific scene, as described by witnesses. One witness described a car plowing through a group of people, including a 10-year-old girl, leaving “mangled” bodies and bloody costumes in its wake. Among the victims was a 65-year-old grandfather who suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and died on scene. First responders were called to the scene and attempted to provide immediate medical attention to those who were injured. One victim was the 10-year-old granddaughter of the man who died at the scene. She was rushed to a local level-one trauma center, but, unfortunately, doctors were unable to save her, and she was soon pronounced dead.
Authorities have also reported that the young victim’s 3-year-old sister was also hospitalized as a result of this serious car crash.
Police said the alleged at-fault driver was a 52-year-old man driving a black Dodge Charger. Following the accident, he remained on the scene and was also taken to a local hospital where he was reported to be in stable condition. As of the time of this article, no charges have been filed against driver. While the investigation is still ongoing, police indicated a medical condition might have been responsible for the deadly crash.
One witness to this fatal car crash stated that he heard a loud banging sound, and then he heard people screaming and crying. He apparently saw a torso on the sidewalk and was unsure if it was part of a person or a costume.
Authorities believe the medical condition possibly responsible for this horrific crash was a seizure. It should be noted that this driver has not been accused of being negligent in any way in this accident, as of this time.
When dealing with an accident caused by a medical condition, Asheville car accident attorneys will likely be most concerned with the issue of foreseeability. If a driver has never had a specific medical condition, and then, without warning, suffers from this condition, and it results in a crash, then there will not likely be a basis for negligence. However, if a person is aware that they have a medical condition, and knows that they probably should not be driving, but still decides to drive anyway, they could be liable for any injury or property damage in an accident caused by the driver when suffering from that medical condition. This is especially true if the at-fault driver unlawfully failed to disclose this medical condition to the department of motor vehicles when obtaining his or her license.
Contact the Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices by calling 800-887-1965.
3 dead, 4 injured when car plows into NYC trick-or-treaters, November 1, 2015, AOL News, by Michael Balsamo (AP)
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