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The driver of an out-of-control vehicle was blamed for the wreck that sent three people to the hospital and killed one other. New York police have since charged the driver with vehicular manslaughter, a not uncommon outcome of car accidents such as this. Although the exact cause of the wreck has not been determined, authorities believe that speed might have played a role.

The 33-year-old driver was spotted driving at a high rate of speed when he drove his vehicle up over a curb. From there the vehicle collided with a fire hydrant. Emergency responders reported that the car appeared mangled and that both of the vehicle's occupants were still inside of it when they arrived on scene.

At last update, the driver was listed as being in critical condition after being rushed to an area hospital. His passenger was transported to a different hospital but did not survive due to the severity of his injuries. Two other people who were presumably nearby pedestrians were also injured and required hospitalization. Both were listed as being in stable condition.

While pedestrians are usually aware that they have the right to seek compensation from negligent drivers, passengers do not always understand that they also have the right to file for compensation. Passengers inside of vehicles operated by drivers responsible for serious car accidents can also recover compensation for injuries. In the event that a passenger passes away, surviving New York family members can step up on his or her behalf by pursuing damages through a wrongful death suit.

Source: New York Post, "Passenger killed when out-of-control driver crashes into NYC fire hydrant", Natalie Musumeci, May 31, 2016

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