Three People Dead in Manhattan Crash Involving Suspected Drunk Driver

Pedestrians Accident AttorneyThree people were killed and several others were injured in a pedestrian accident after a driver suspected of being under the influence crashed into a crowd celebrating the July 4 holiday at a New York City park. According to an NBC News report, two of the victims killed were identified as Lucille Pinkney, 59, and Hernan Pinkney, 38. The third victim — a woman — has not yet been identified. Of the injured, one person was hospitalized in critical condition, and seven others including a 11-year-old boy suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Criminal Charges and Ongoing Investigation

Corlears Hook Park on Manhattan’s Lower East Side was filled with families celebrating Independence Day when officials said 44-year-old Daniel C. Hyden, who was driving his pickup truck at a high rate of speed, ran through an intersection, went up a sidewalk and struck a crowd of celebrants. NBC reports that he was arraigned on several charges including one count of aggravated vehicular homicide, one count of aggravated vehicular assault, three counts of second-degree manslaughter, three counts of second-degree vehicular manslaughter, one count of second-degree assault, seven counts of third-degree assault, and one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Police said when first responders arrived at the park, they encountered the pickup truck on top of four victims. The driver was on the ground next to the truck covered in blood. People at the park grabbed the driver and made sure he did not leave the scene. The police complaint said Hyden appeared to show signs of intoxication including bloodshot eyes and was stumbling. Hyden also reportedly told officers he had been drinking, the complaint stated.

He was arrested at the scene and transported to a hospital for treatment of lacerations on his head and face. The investigation is ongoing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased victims. We also wish all the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

Can Impaired Drivers Be Held Financially Liable?

Drivers who operate under the influence can be held financially responsible for the damages and injuries they cause. Driving under the influence is a criminal offense in New York. When a DUI driver causes an accident, they are typically deemed negligent (careless) per se, meaning their violation of DUI laws is automatically considered negligent (careless) behavior.

DUI drivers can be held liable for the victims’ medical expenses, property damage, lost wages and benefits, and pain and suffering, etc. These types of monetary damages may be pursued through insurance claims or personal injury lawsuits. In many cases, the driver’s insurance policy may cover some of the damages, but if the damages exceed the policy limits or if the driver is uninsured, they may be held personally liable. If a hit-and-run driver has injured you, please remember that you can seek compensation through the uninsured motorist clause of your auto insurance policy (even though the driver has not been identified) or through a quasi-state agency if there is no motor vehicle in the victim’s household.

In addition to compensatory damages, courts may also award punitive damages in DUI cases. Punitive damages are intended to punish particularly egregious behavior and deter similar conduct in the future. Moreover, DUI drivers may face criminal charges, leading to fines, license suspension, and even imprisonment, further emphasizing the severe repercussions of driving under the influence.

Contacting an Experienced Lawyer

Injured victims of negligent (careless) drivers can seek compensation from at-fault parties for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. Families that have lost loved ones in car accidents can seek compensation for damages such as lost future income, medical and funeral costs, pain and suffering, etc.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, or if you have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent or careless driver, the experienced personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.

For over 52 years, our skilled attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims. Our law firm recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and $2,000,000 in a hit-and-run accident, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.

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