Police in New York have reported that a 66-year-old woman was killed and two other people were injured when an SUV crashed through the window of a cellphone store on the morning of March 30. The fatal accident took place on Northern Boulevard in Great Neck County at approximately 11 a.m. Police say that the 65-year-old woman behind the wheel of the SUV is unlikely to face charges in connection with the accident.
According to Nassau County police, the woman was pulling into a parking place outside the store when she lost control of her vehicle. The woman is said to have told officers that she was unable to stop the SUV. The vehicle was later towed away by police for safety testing to determine if mechanical failure may have contributed to the car accident. Police report that the woman passed a field sobriety test at the scene.
The deceased woman was sitting on a sofa at the front of the store when she was struck by the SUV. As many as a dozen bystanders then lifted the vehicle to free the woman. She was pronounced dead after being transported to a nearby hospital by paramedics. Two other store patrons suffered minor injuries in the crash.
The plaintiff in a civil action is usually expected to prove their case, but there are situations where this burden is placed on the defendant. A pedestrian struck while on the sidewalk or in a store would be one such situation, and a defendant in a case like this would have to provide evidence that they did not act negligently. The families of those killed in pedestrian accidents may seek compensation when their loss was caused by reckless actions, and a personal injury attorney may file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf.
Source: NBC New York, "1 Dead, 2 Hurt After SUV Crashes Through Phone Store on Long Island: Officials," Roseanne Colletti, March 31, 2015