Just before 3 p.m. on March 25, a police chase ended with the suspect crashing into another vehicle in the Bronx. Six people were injured as a result and had to be rushed to NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln.
The accident took place near the intersection of East 163rd Street and Washington Avenue. Police were chasing a vehicle whose driver had committed a traffic violation when that vehicle carrying five passengers collided with another car. The suspect’s vehicle crashed against another car, the only occupant of which was the driver, before coming to a stop.
A spokesman for the New York City Fire Department stated that the injuries sustained by the six victims, some of whom were pedestrians, are non-life-threatening. Three of the passengers in the suspect’s vehicle fled the scene, and police quickly arrested two. One is still on the run. A gun was found at the scene of the crash, but it is not believed that any shots were fired.
In a case like this, the pedestrian or car occupants who were injured may be able to file an accident claim against the suspect. Such a claim, if successful, may reimburse them for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and whatever else is applicable.
Because the suspect, by fleeing the police, was acting in a grossly negligent way, victims may even be able to sue for punitive damages. This goes beyond compensatory damages and is meant to punish the defendant. Filing for these damages is not the same thing as filing criminal charges, of course. Victims may benefit from the advice of a personal injury lawyer. The lawyer may assist them with the filing and with settlement negotiations. If a settlement cannot be reached, victims might want to litigate.