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Driver in Deadly Crash Was Intoxicated


New York state police have made a final report on wrong-way Taconic State Parkway crash that killed eight people in July of 2009. The driver of a minivan, a resident of West Babylon, NY, was both drunk – with a blood alcohol level of .19 percent – and high on marijuana when she plowed into a sport utility vehicle. The SUV was going 74 miles per hour at the time, according to a New York Car Accident Lawyer.

The investigation and reconstruction analysis determined that the minivan was traveling southbound in a northbound lane, when it struck the sport utility vehicle traveling in the northbound lane. A New York Injury Lawyer has been told both vehicles were well over the 55 mile-per-hour speed limit.

Fatalities included the minivan driver, her 2 year-old daughter, and her three nieces, who were nine, seven, and five years of age, who were all in the minivan. Killed in the sport utility vehicle were the driver of that vehicle, 49, his father, age 81, and their friend, age 74. There were also three others injured, according to a New York Injury Lawyer.

The minivan’s driver’s husband, along with their family attorney, continue to dispute the investigators’ determination that the driver of the minivan was intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. Instead, they believe the accident was due to one or more existing medical conditions.

There is a pending lawsuit filed by the family of the SUV’s driver, against both the minivan driver’s estate and against the owner of the minivan the deceased woman was driving at the time of the accident, according to New York Car Accident lawyers. The family of the SUV driver claims the speed of 74 miles-per-hour was the normal speed of traffic on the Taconic Freeway, implying that the speed of the SUV should not be held against them in their suit.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, a New York Car Accident Attorney is available to assist you. The assistance of a New York Car Accident Attorney can be an invaluable resource to help represent your interests and bring about the best possible resolution.

Stephen Bilkis & Associates with its New York Car Accident Lawyers has convenient locations throughout the NY area including Ozone Park, NY. Our attorneys can give you advice about personal injury caused by another’s negligence. Without a NY Car Accident Lawyer you will not be cognizant of all your rights and could be at a great disadvantage.

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