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Man Dead in Chain Reaction Crash at Long Island Intersection

One person died in a chain-reaction accident at a Long Island intersection. The accident occurred in Centereach at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 30.

A 25-year-old Ronkonkoma man was driving his 2011 Kia north on Nicolls Road when he lost control of the vehicle due to a sudden medical event. According to Suffolk County police, this resulted in him striking a 2016 Nissan SUV driven by a 29-year-old Holbrook man heading west at the light controlling the intersection of Nicolls and Middle County Road. The Kia then also struck a 2000 Jeep, a 2018 Mercedes and a 2015 Audi, all located at the intersection.

The Holbrook man was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by a responder from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. The man in the Kia was transferred to Stony Brook University Hospital for evaluation. He was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

No one else was injured in the crash.

Determining liability in chain reaction accidents

Any time multiple vehicles are involved in an accident, this adds some challenges for investigators attempting to piece together the accident’s cause. But once the person at fault for the accident is determined, anyone who is injured in that accident can file a personal injury claim against them.

Tickets or convictions for matters such as operating a vehicle without a license can serve as valuable evidence for plaintiffs in personal injury claims to demonstrate the liability of the defendant.

To learn more about the steps you should take to file a personal injury claim after suffering injuries in a car accident, contact an experienced attorney at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP.