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4 dead in New York after car accident ends in creek

On April 4, a car crashed into a creek in Queens, killing its four passengers, none of whom was older than 21. Police said the car accident may have been influenced by rain and speed.

According to the police, a 2009 Honda Accord driven by a 20-year-old man and carrying four passengers attempted to execute a U-turn at a dead-end street adjacent to the Steinway Creek. Investigators said the driver may have taken the U-turn too quickly, which caused the car's tires to slip on the rain-slicked pavement. The driver then reportedly lost control of the vehicle, which rolled over the bank of the creek and into the water. The four passengers, a 19-year-old, a 21-year-old and two 20-year-olds, could not extricate themselves from the submerged vehicle, authorities said. Only the driver managed to survive.

New York man charged for role in fatal wrong-way crash

A man accused of driving the wrong way on the Tappan Zee Bridge has been formally charged with criminal negligent homicide. The charges stem from a fatal accident in July 2013 in which the man in question was traveling south on the northbound side of the bridge, subsequently hitting one vehicle head-on and causing a multiple car collision involving as many as four other vehicles.

According to police, the 69-year-old man was driving his white SUV on the wrong side of the bridge when it struck a Nissan being driven by a 57-year-old who had passengers in the car with her. The initial collision caused a chain reaction incident which involved four other drivers. After the woman driving the Nissan was initially hit, her car was struck again by an approaching vehicle that could not avoid the wreckage. That car was then rear-ended by another car. The fifth car in the accident then sideswiped the accused man's car before stopping.

Police search for driver after hit-and-run accident in Brooklyn

Reports says that a Brooklyn hit-and-run accident on March 31 damaged five vehicles and sent seven people to the hospital. Police are now looking for the driver who caused the incident. The hit-and-run accident happened at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Clarkson Avenue and Bedford Avenue.

According to police, a Toyota SUV struck a vehicle that was parked on Clarkson Avenue before it continued to drive towards Bedford Avenue. There, the SUV hit four more vehicles, and reports indicate that one of those vehicles was overturned in the accident. In total, seven people were injured, and two were said to be in serious condition at a hospital. Authorities say the driver fled the scene on foot. Police are still investigating the accident and are looking for the driver of the Toyota SUV.

New York texting-related car crash victims settle lawsuit

A New York texting-while-driving car crash lawsuit has recently been settled. The accident occurred in Suffern around 1:30 p.m. on July 15, 2012, on the New York State Thruway between Exits 14B and 15.

According to reports, a 54-year-old Bay Terrace woman was driving a 2008 Ford Fusion northbound with her three sons in the car at the same time that a 22-year-old Randolph, N.J., woman was heading southbound in a 2006 Honda Civic. The driver of the Civic was texting while driving and lost control of her car. The Civic sideswiped a car in the next lane, causing both vehicles to go over the median into the northbound lanes. The sideswiped car crashed head-on with the Fusion, and another vehicle struck the Fusion from behind.

MTA bus driver loses control of vehicle in Brooklyn

Multiple people were injured and more than 20 cars were damaged on March 14 when an MTA employee lost control of the bus that he was driving in Greenpoint. Six people were injured in the accident, including the driver. A news source reporting on the accident had no information about the condition of any of the people injured, but it stated that one of the drivers who was injured had to be taken away on a stretcher. All of the people injured were taken to Woodhull Medical Center.

Many of the cars that were struck by the out-of-control bus lost entire bumpers, tires and other portions of the vehicle. One car was pushed onto the sidewalk when it was struck by the bus. Residents in the area said that they were grateful that no pedestrians were injured in the wreck.

New York man charged in hit-and-run involving pregnant woman

Sheriff's deputies in Niagara County arrested a man on March 4 for his involvement in a hit-and-run accident that involved a pregnant woman. The car accident happened at the intersection of Beattie Avenue and Lincoln Avenue at about 9 p.m., and police say the man was driving under the influence.

According to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, witnesses provided deputies with a license plate number that allowed them to find the registered owner of the hit-and-run vehicle. When deputies went to the home on S New York Street, they observed a white van that had signs of damage that matched the car accident. The woman who answered the door said that her husband had just gotten home. The 33-year-old man initially denied driving the van but later admitted to his involvement in the crash.

Hit-and-run driver detained after injury accident in New York

A 23-year-old woman who police say struck and critically injured a man in a crosswalk on the Lower East Side was located by New York Police using a photograph snapped by a witness to the crash. Police say they arrived at the intersection of the Bowery and Hester Street on the morning of Feb. 28 to find a 63-year-old man with injuries to his hands and head. The man was transported to Bellevue and hospitalized in critical condition.

Reports say that the man had been hit at around 7 a.m. by a woman driving a red 2014 Infiniti Q50 as she made a left turn from Hester Street onto the Bowery. Following the crash, the female driver reportedly stopped and got out of the car but then returned to the vehicle and drove away. One of the witnesses to the crash gave the police a picture he took of the woman standing near the car at the accident scene.

Man arrested in New York hit-and-run that killed elderly woman

New York police have arrested a man in connection with a hit-and-run accident that killed an elderly woman near her own driveway. The accident happened on East Main Street in Yorktown on the evening of Feb. 20 when police believe the woman arrived home after work.

According to authorities, the 73-year-old woman parked her Ford Explorer on the street and walked home because her driveway was icy and steep. When she made it to the beginning of the driveway, a vehicle hit her and left the scene. The woman died from the injuries that she suffered in the pedestrian accident. She was the mother of several sons and lived alone.

Alleged stolen truck and city bus collide, 1 dead

A high-impact collision between a truck and a city bus in a New York neighborhood on Feb. 12 left one person dead. According to the police, the accident took place on 14th Street and Seventh Avenue at approximately 5:30 a.m.

The city bus was reportedly traveling east on 14th Street when a box truck that was allegedly stolen ran a red light while traveling down Seventh Street. The box truck broadsided the city bus. The impact from the collision reportedly caused both of the vehicles to smash into a nearby building and into several parked cars. The scaffolding that was set up on the front of the building collapsed after being struck.

Concerns over weak accelerators prompts Aston Martin recall

New York sports car enthusiasts might be interested in a recent recall of nearly 18,000 Aston Martin cars due to weak accelerator pedal arms. Under hard usage, the pedal might snap off, potentially causing car accidents. Except for the Cygnet, Vanquish and a few limited-edition specialty cars, most of Aston Martin's models manufactured between 2007 and 2013, are subject to the recall. Worldwide, a total of 17,590 cars are being recalled, 5,001 of which are located in the U.S.

According to Aston Martin, the accelerator pedal arms were manufactured by a Chinese supplier that used a material that was different from the one specified. In the future, Aston Martin will be producing the pedal arms in Great Britain.

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