One person was killed in a head-on collision in Greenburgh on Feb. 27. The early morning collision seemed to be the result of a wrong way driver.
According to New York State Police, the fatal car accident occurred just before 3:57 p.m. on the southbound side of the Sprain Brook Parkway near Route 100B, after the Hudson Valley Transportation Management Center responded to a report about a wrong-way driver at 3:52 a.m. Police report that a 20-year-old Yonkers man, driving a 2013 Honda Civic, was travelling north on the southbound side and collided head-on with a 2011 Honda Pilot, driven by a 46-year-old Hartsdale man.
The driver of the Pilot was killed in the accident. The other driver was taken to Westchester Medical Center where he was listed in stable condition. It was unknown why the driver of the Civic had been travelling the wrong way on the highway, but alcohol and marijuana use might have played a role in the incident. In similar incidents, distracted driving from texting or talking on a cellphone as well as road conditions have also been factors.
In a situation such as this, the family of the decedent might decide to file a wrongful death claim. They might await the results of the police investigation to file the claim, and a personal injury lawyer representing the family might use the information from the police report as evidence that the liable driver in a case was also negligent. Negligence might be proved through evidence that shows the liable driver violated the rules of traffic by doing such as things as speeding, driving under the influence or driving while distracted. If the family files a successful claim, they might receive compensation for their economic losses that can include funeral and burial expenses as well as for their non-economic losses.