Multiple Vehicle Crash In Upstate New York Kills One, Injures Three
February 17th, 2012|
February 17, 2012
A distracted driver is being blamed for a multiple vehicle crash in Philadelphia, New York, last week that left one man dead and three other individuals injured. An article released by the Watertown Daily Times stated that the accident happened last Tuesday on Route 11, just north of town, at approximately 4:40 PM.
New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations Spokesman Michael J. Marvin stated that a 23-year-old driver was heading southbound when he became distracted, crossed into the oncoming lane, and slammed into the front end of a tractor-trailer. The impact sent the tractor-trailer into southbound lanes where it struck a vehicle and killed its driver on impact. Then the semi-truck ricocheted back into the northbound lanes where it struck another vehicle. A third car avoided the collision by slamming into a guardrail.
Three other motorists were taken to local hospitals for treatment to various injuries, none of which were life threatening.
The 23-year-old driver was ticketed for failing to keep right when he became distracted.
In many states, being distracted behind the wheel is considered negligence and can result in serious criminal charges, such as vehicular assault or homicide, if an accident with injuries occurs.