1 dead, 4 injured, in fatal chain-reaction crash

On Dec. 26, a deadly four-car collision in New York left one person dead, four people injured and one vehicle impounded for a safety check, according to media sources. A pizza restaurant was also reportedly involved in the incident, which occurred in a hamlet on Long Island at approximately 9:50 p.m.

The fatal chain-reaction crash happened in East Northport. According to police, a 52-year-old woman was killed when the car that she was driving first struck a Nissan that was slowing for traffic on Larkfield Road near Fifth Avenue and then spun into a nearby Mercedes. The 37-year-old driver of the Nissan suffered serious injuries when the initial collision caused his vehicle to crash into a pizzeria on Larkfield Road while the force of the accident caused the Mercedes to hit a Cadillac, which was stopped on the roadway as the incident was unfolding.

Preliminary reports indicate that neither occupant of the Cadillac was hurt in the collision. However, three occupants of the Mercedes, a 46-year-old mother and two children, were transported to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Although the cause of this incident is not yet known, action taken by police in its aftermath may suggest that a vehicle malfunction or defect could possibly be a factor in the case. In the event that the safety check confirms this, the decedent's surviving family members as well as others who suffered loss as a result may want to meet with an attorney in order to see what recourse they may have and to determine the party or parties that should be held responsible.

Source: NBC New York, "Woman Dead in 4-Car Crash That Sends Vehicle Into Long Island Pizzeria: Police," Dec. 27, 2016

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