A 56-year-old pedestrian died after being struck by a swerving vehicle in Coram on April 20. The accident happened at approximately 8:21 p.m., according to police.
Authorities said a 28-year-old man was driving a 1994 Jeep westbound on Middle County Road when a vehicle with no headlights on crossed in front of him near Homestead Drive. The man swerved to avoid a collision and struck a female pedestrian. The victim, a Coram resident, was critically injured and transported to Stony Brook University Hospital by the Coram Fire Department Rescue. She succumbed to her injuries on April 24. The Jeep driver, a Port Jefferson County resident, was not injured in the crash.
The vehicle that allegedly had no headlights on was not involved in the collision, left the scene and had not been found at the time of the initial report. Police impounded the Jeep for a safety check. The accident remains under investigation.
When an unsafe driver, such as one who is driving a car with no headlights at night, causes a automobile accident, the driver of that vehicle could face possible criminal charges as well as civil litigation. Likewise, a driver who swerved to avoid a vehicle could also be responsible if he or she was distracted in the moments leading up to the incident. Anyone harmed as a result of the collision could file a lawsuit against one or both drivers seeking compensation for their injuries. Possible damages could include medical expenses and lost wages. If the victim was killed, surviving family members could file a wrongful death claim against one or both drivers seeking compensation for funeral and burial costs and other amounts that are permitted by statute.
Source: Port Jefferson Patch, “Pedestrian Critically Hurt After Port Jeff Station Man Swerves to Avoid Head-On Collision,” Ryan Bonner, April 21, 2015.