Long Island Man Charged with DWI After Fatal Motorcycle Accident
A man from Bay Shore was recently charged with driving while intoxicated after he crashed his motorcycle, killing his wife in the process.
According to Suffolk County Police, the 26-year-old man was driving his 2000 Kawasaki motorcycle east on the Sunrise Highway in West Islip when he suddenly lost control. The accident occurred close to Exit 41 at approximately 12:30 a.m.
His 26-year-old-wife was sitting behind him as his passenger and was thrown from the bike. Paramedics arrived at the scene and instantly transported her via ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, but she was pronounced dead on arrival. The man was also taken to the hospital, where he was treated for various non-life threatening injuries. He was eventually arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.
Detectives continued an investigation into the crash and impounded the motorcycle for a safety check, but the most likely cause of the accident is the operator’s intoxication at the time he reportedly lost control of the bike.
Legal action after a fatal crash
Even in single-vehicle fatal accidents, there is the potential for the liable party to face civil action. The relatives of a deceased passenger in a vehicle could file a wrongful death claim against the operator, particularly in cases involving drunk driving, in which the driver is essentially considered “automatically liable.”
For more information on how you might proceed if you or a loved one have been injured in a drunk driving crash, contact the skilled auto accident lawyers at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia today.