We do not yet know why a New York driver about 50 miles west of Islip failed to slow or stop their BMW. We do know that the driver's failure led to the horrific car accident and death of a Staten Island woman on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.
The woman was hurled from the elevated highway to the street below when she was struck by the BMW. She had gotten out of her car because the vehicle had a flat tire.
Other motorists had stopped to lend a hand, according to a news report. They were standing around the vehicle when without warning the BMW slammed into her car and then hit her. She was knocked over the barrier to the unyielding street below.
A short while later, she was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
After the BMW hit and killed the woman, it crashed into a second car. The driver was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Though we do not know why the 43-year-old driver of the BMW failed to slow or stop, we do know that in similar circumstances some negligent drivers turn out to have been impaired by alcohol. For others, their failure to recognize changes in traffic can be attributed to distractions such as handheld electronics.
No matter what the reason, it should not serve as an excuse for reckless driving that resulted in fatal injuries.
An Islip personal injury attorney experienced in wrongful death litigation can help your family cope with the financial devastation of a similar loss.