New York police have apprehended a 20-year-old man after a pursuit that began in response to an earlier accident. The man is purported to have traveled erratically down sidewalks and congested streets before colliding with the victims’ car. Police have filed several charges against the man, including driving under the influence of narcotics. They have also stated that more charges will follow after the investigation is completed.
This tragedy was set off after the male driver was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run collision that led to a high speed pursuit by law enforcement officers. State police officials were requested to assist in the chase. The man was alleged to have traveled along walkways before entering State Road 86 at an excessive speed.
Authorities claim the driver then veered into incoming traffic right before colliding with the vehicle carrying the couple and their daughter. A 42-year-old man was deceased at the scene of the crash. The 38-year-old woman was transported for critical injuries and later flown to another facility before dying from her wounds. An 11-year-old child also suffered serious injuries in the accident. She, too, required air transportation to a hospital.
Several New York police agencies were involved in this incident. It has been stated that the driver who has been charged had supposedly expressed a desire to commit suicide in the days preceding this wreck. For now, he has been charged with driving under the influence of intoxicating substances as well as reckless driving and various other offenses. The family of the victims will now face having to bury their loved ones and provide for the child left with serious wounds to her spine. They reserve the right to file both wrongful death and personal injury suits in civil court against the driver who has been charged in this tragic crash.