A fatal motor vehicle accident in New York led to the death an off-duty NYPD detective on Feb. 27 around 3:52 a.m. The driver who allegedly caused the crash had been traveling the wrong way on the Sprain Brook Parkway in Greenburgh. Authorities believe he may have been intoxicated.

The 20-year-old wrong-way driver was driving his sedan north in the southbound lanes when he hit the SUV being driven by the 46-year-old NYPD detective head-on. The police detective died at the scene of the accident, and the other driver was taken to Westchester Conuty Medical Center for treatment of unknown injuries. He was placed in a medically induced coma and was later reported to be in stable condition. The authorities suspect he may have been under the influence of marijuana and alcohol when the collision happened.

In cases such as this one, when someone is killed in an accident caused by a wrong-way driver, the victim’s surviving family members might be eligible to file a wrongful death claim in civil court. A wrongful death suit may allow the family to receive an amount of compensation to cover funeral expenses as well as the future income the victim would have made if they had survived.

When a suit is filed in civil court, an attorney can help show that a defendant’s negligent actions led to the crash that resulted in a victim’s death. Blood tests showing alcohol or drugs in one’s system could be used as evidence in a case like this.

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