A 69-year-old New York man appeared in court on March 20 to answer charges connected to a Long Island accident that left two women badly injured. The man has been charged with driving with a suspended driver’s license and leaving the scene of an accident. The two injured women were diners at an East Farmingdale restaurant that the man’s SUV plowed into on March 19.
According to police, the man lost control of his SUV as he attempted to flee the scene of a motor vehicle accident in a Walmart parking lot. The man’s grandson told reporters that the accident was caused by the man depressing the accelerator pedal instead of the brake.
Restaurant patrons described how panic ensued when the SUV accelerated toward the establishment at approximately 10:30 a.m. The two injured women were nurses at a Mineola medical facility who were sitting in a booth at the time of the crash. One of the woman was pinned underneath the SUV, and paramedics worked to free the critically injured woman before she was transported by helicopter to a Stony Brook trauma center. Both women were listed in serious condition later in the day.
Reckless motorists may face criminal charges as well as civil litigation when they cause an accident resulting in injury or death. While criminal prosecutors must prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, the plaintiff in a civil case must only prove their case by a preponderance of the evidence. This means that a personal injury attorney must show that the plaintiff’s account of events is more likely to be true than untrue. A lawsuit filed in connection with a motor vehicle accident could seek damages for the lost income, property damage and medical expenses of accident victims.
Source: CBS New York, “Man Who Crashed SUV Into LI Panera Bread, Seriously Injuring 2 Women, Pleads Not Guilty”, March 20, 2015