This past weekend was a major holiday for many of the people in Albany, Ithaca and across upstate New York. Sadly, however, the Easter holiday was a time of sadness, heart break and pain for a few, especially after a New York car accident in the early morning left two people dead and two seriously injured.
The Ithaca Police Department is reporting on the accident, which it says happened around 4 a.m. on Easter Sunday morning. The Ithaca Journal wrote that the car was speeding along Cascadilla Street when the driver lost control of the vehicle, sending it across traffic and into the left curb. The car then flew into the air and landed when it crashed into a utility pole.
It is unclear which passengers were injured and which died, but, regardless, a passenger should be able to expect a safe ride. Drivers have just as much responsibility to their passengers as they do to any other motorist, cyclist, or pedestrian on the streets of Albany. If a driver puts his or her passengers' lives and safety at risk, he or she can be held accountable for any injuries or wrongful deaths that come from a New York car accident.
The Ithaca Fire Department and Bangs Ambulance tried to save all four occupants of the car, but two people were so injured that they died at the scene of the accident. The other two occupants were airlifted to the hospital.
Police continue to look into this accident, but it appears that the driver or his or her estate could be forced to compensate the victims of this accident.
Source: Ithaca Journal, "Two killed in Sunday morning crash," April 8, 2012