Driver in Triple-Fatality Upstate NY Crash Taking ‘Permitted’ Meds
August 26th, 2011|
August 26, 2011
Questions are mounting in the wake of a Voorheesville, New York, pedestrian accident that killed three women on August 10. Though toxicology reports are still pending, lawyers representing the 55-year-old driver of the car that plowed into the victims say she had taken a prescribed dose of medication for treating her Parkinson’s disease.
“We expect that any toxicology exam will show [she] had taken permitted, therapeutic and legally prescribed amounts of the medications to treat her symptoms and condition,” said the woman’s lawyer to The Times Union.
The toxicology report, which is due back at the beginning of next week, will reveal only what medicines the driver had in her system but not the quantities of these medications. These and other toxicology test results will likely determine whether or not the driver will face criminal charges, said Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple.
The families of at least one of the victims has already hired a defense attorney to file a civil suit.
DMV spokesperson Nick Cantiello told The Times Union that those with Parkinson’s Disease don’t have any restrictions on their driving, though a physician may determine his or her patient unfit to drive.