Woman Charged for Causing Fatal Albany Pedestrian Accident

by | August 10th, 2012

Aug. 10, 2012

A 55-year-old New York woman is now facing charges in connection to an accident that claimed the lives of three women. The Albany Times-Union reports the woman was under the influence of several medications that warn against operating machinery.

The accident happened in August 2011 just outside St. Matthews Church in Albany. The three victims were standing just inside the church walkway when a Toyota Highlander driven by the heavily medicated woman left the roadway and struck them. All three victims died as a result of their injuries.

The woman responsible for the Albany pedestrian accident initially claimed that her flip-flop came off and jarred the accelerator; however, toxicology testing showed the woman had taken Xanax, Wellbutrin, and Seroquel before the crash occurred.

While these medications were prescribed to her and testing is currently being conducted to determine if she was taking the correct dosages, each of these medications carries a warning that taking the drug may inhibit the ability to operate heavy machinery.

Due to these warnings, the District Attorney decided to charge the woman with three counts of aggravated vehicular manslaughter and three counts of criminally negligent homicide.

The Buffalo Personal Injury Attorneys with the William Mattar Law Offices would encourage anyone who has been injured in an auto accident caused by someone who was under the influence of medication to discuss their legal options with an experienced attorney.